The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a single-car crash that killed a 20-year-old Dagsboro woman, Kortney Lynn Rose, on Sunday.
Police said the crash happened on Vines Creek Road, when a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT, operated by Jessica A. Forbes, 23, of Frankford, was driving eastbound on Vine Creek Road, approaching the intersection of Dogwoods Acres Road, on April 4, about 2:40 a.m.
According to the Delaware State Police, it appeared that Forbes and her front-seat passenger, Rose, were involved in a dispute when Rose opened the right side passenger door and attempted to leap from the moving vehicle.
Officers said Forbes then pulled Rose back into the vehicle, at which time, according to Forbes, Rose grabbed the steering wheel and pulled it to the right, causing Forbes to lose control of the car. They said the vehicle exited the south edge of roadway, striking a utility pole with the right side of the car.
“It is still under investigation,” said Sgt. Walter Newton of the Delaware State Police early this week. “No charges have been filed, and drugs and alcohol have not been ruled out,” he noted of Forbes. “It does appear the victim contributed to the crash by pulling on the wheel,” he added.
Police also said evidence at the scene of the crash was indicative of the passenger-side door having been open at the time of collision.
The Millville Volunteer Fire Company also responded to the scene of the accident. Rose, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company provided a second ambulance to the scene to transport Forbes to Beebe Medical Center for treatment.
MFVC Assistant Chief Shawn Evans declared the situation under control at 3:36 a.m., and turned the scene over to the Delaware State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Reconstruction Team for investigation. The roadway was closed for three hours, until the wreckage could be cleared.