The officer involved has been identified as Patrolman Frederick J. Pierce.
Dover police have confirmed one of their officers, identified as Patrolman Frederick J. Pierce, was involved in a traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Kent County woman.
The crash took place at about 5:44 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 on Route 13 at the intersection of Route 13 and Longacre Drive.
According to the Delaware State Police, Pierce was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado when he failed to slow down after encountering a traffic backup on Route 13 that stretched from its intersection with Walnut Shade Road. Pierce’s vehicle hit a 2009 Ford Flex, driven by 44-year-old Catina Isaacs.
Her car, in turn, was pushed into a UPS truck, which hit a 2008 Silverado, which then ran into a Buick Envision.
DSP spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said Isaacs was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dover police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman confirmed Pierce’s status with the department. The 29-year-old Magnolia resident became a sworn officer in 2015.
“The incident occurred while off duty in his personal vehicle, not a Dover Police Department vehicle,” Hoffman wrote.
Pierce and the UPS driver both were taken to Bayhealth Hospital’s Kent Campus for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Hoffman did not specify what injuries Pierce sustained.
Pierce has been placed on administrative leave, he added.
Jaffe said the crash remains under investigation by the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit, who ultimately will work with the attorney general’s office regarding any charges that may be filed. There was no evidence anyone involved in the crash was impaired, Jaffe added.