Police seek driver of stolen car involved in accident near Dagsboro

Delaware State Police this week were investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred mid-morning on Tuesday near Dagsboro and involved what was later reported as a stolen car.

Troopers responded to the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (US113) and Swamp Road around 10 a.m. on Aug. 26, after calls about a hit-and-run crash that had just occurred. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda Accord being operated by an 82-year-old Ocean City, Md., woman had been northbound on Route 113, approaching Swamp Road, when a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu failed to yield the right-of-way as it was crossing from west to east on Swamp Road.

Police said the two vehicles collided in the intersection of the northbound lanes and that the Malibu continued to drive eastbound on Swamp Road approximately two miles before stopping. There, the unknown operator abandoned the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction, they said. The Accord came to a stop in the northbound lanes.

The Ocean City woman and her three adult female passengers were all properly restrained and were transported to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, where they were treated for undetermined injuries.

DSP troopers, assisted by the Selbyville and Dagsboro police departments, along with a DSP K9 officer and aviation unit, searched for the operator of the Malibu for approximately an hour and a half without any results, police said.

While conducting the crash investigation, dispatchers in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center were contacted by a 36-year-old Dagsboro woman who reported that her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu had been stolen from her residence on Gum Tree Road sometime between 1 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. The information matched the description of the vehicle that was involved in the collision that morning.

The man driving the Malibu at the time of the accident was described as a black man, approximately 30 to 35 years old, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing a white shirt and tan pants.

If anyone has any information in reference to the incident, they are being asked to contact Trooper First Class S. Devenney at (302) 856-5850, ext. 333, or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”