Five-year-old killed

UPDATE: The Delaware State Police are releasing the name of the five-year-old that died in the crash north of Milford as Mason O'Connor, of Harrington.

This crash remains under investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit.


UPDATE: The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating a car crash that resulted in the death of a five-year-old child early last night, north of Milford.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, as a 37-year-old male from Harrington was operating a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse southbound on Bay Road (Route 1) preparing to turn left onto Wayne D Avenue (entrance to the Exxon gas station/Dairy Queen). A 56-year-old Hockessin man was operating a 2012 Ford Fusion northbound in the left lane of Bay Road, approaching Wayne D Avenue, followed by a 44-year-old Hartly man operating a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. The Eclipse entered the left turn lane and failed to yield to northbound traffic, first striking the left rear of the Chevrolet pickup truck. At the same time, the Ford Fusion was attempting to pass the pickup and struck the Mitsubishi Eclipse on the right side.

The force of the collision caused the Eclipse to spin out. The Fusion sustained heavy front-end damage and came to rest in a ditch, while the Chevy Silverado sustained minor damage and was able to come to a controlled stop.  

The 37-year old male driver of the Eclipse was properly restrained and removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted with undetermined injuries. A 5-year-old passenger (the operator's son) was properly restrained in a booster-style seat behind the driver. He was also transported to Milford Memorial by EMS where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of extended family.

The 56-year-old operator of the Ford Fusion was properly restrained and transported by EMS to Milford Memorial, where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

The 44-year-old 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. Bay Road northbound was closed at Thompsonville Road for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.


The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash on Bay Road (Route 1) northbound at Wayne D Avenue, in the area of the Dairy Queen.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, and involves at least three vehicles.  The extent of any injuries is unknown at this time.

Bay Road northbound is currently closed at Thompsonville Road and commuters are encouraged to seek alternate routes of travel.

Further details will be released upon the conclusion of the investigation.