Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor


Delaware State Police have identified the 5-year-old killed in a May 17 crash as Mason O'Connor of Harrington.


Delaware State Police are reporting a 5-year-old child was killed Wednesday in a multi-vehicle crash north of Milford.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said around 8:05 p.m. May 17, the child’s 37-year-old father was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse south on State Route 1. The man was preparing to turn into an Exxon station at Wayne D Avenue.

Meantime, a 56-year-old Hockessin man was driving a Ford Fusion north with a Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 44-year-old Hartly man slightly behind.

Fournier said the Eclipse went into the left turn lane but failed to yield to northbound traffic. It hit the truck at the same time the Fusion was trying to pass the pickup and hit the Fusion on the right side.

The impact caused the Eclipse to spin around while continuing to travel east/northeast before coming to a stop. The Fusion slid to a stop in a grassy ditch, sustaining heavy front-end damage. The pickup sustained minor damage and came to a controlled stop on the shoulder.

The 5-year-old, who was properly restrained in a booster seat, was taken to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital but pronounced dead after arrival.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his extended family, Fournier said.

The boy’s father, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital and admitted with undetermined injuries.

The  operator of the Ford Fusion was taken Milford Memorial where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. The  operator of the pickup and a male passenger in the truck were uninjured.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into the crash. No charges have been filed and alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. State Route 1 northbound was closed at Thompsonville Road for about four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.