LAUREL — Police are investigating a fatal car crash that occurred Saturday night just east of Laurel.
Delaware State Police said the incident happened around 7:07 p.m. as a 29-year-old man operating a 2004 Toyota Corolla was approaching the intersection of County Seat Highway (U.S. 9). At the same time, a 27-year-old Laurel man driving a 2012 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck westbound on U.S. 9 was approaching the intersection of Kaye Road.
As the pickup truck entered the intersection, the Toyota was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the stop sign, police said. The front of the Corolla struck the right side of the pickup truck, causing it to rotate and continue off the south side of U.S. 9 before coming to a stop upright on its tires. After the impact, the Corolla traveled off the south side of the road and struck a utility pole guide wire.
The 29-year-old man (hometown unknown at this time) was not properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The 27-year-old was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. He was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The intersection was closed for approximately four hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.
The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Corporal/1 R. Albert by calling 302-703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or going here.