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Fatal Crash on Persimmon Tree Lane

Incident Number: 50-22-26472

Date/Time:  Friday, August 26, 2022 at 6:56 p.m.

Location: Persimmon Tree Lane and Persimmon Circle, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative:  The Dover Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Friday evening.  At approximately 6:56 p.m., a silver 2009 Pontiac Solstice was traveling eastbound on Persimmon Tree Lane, approaching Persimmon Circle.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and left the right edge of the roadway, entering the grass on the roadside. The vehicle then continued eastbound along the grass and struck a utility pole at the southwest corner of the intersection of Persimmon Tree Lane and Persimmon Circle. After striking the utility pole, the vehicle overturned onto it’s roof and came to a rest. The driver, John McRae, an 83-year-old male, was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus for injuries sustained during the crash after being extricated from the vehicle by Dover Fire Department. 

On August 27, 2022 McRae succumbed to his injuries while being treated at Bayhealth Kent Campus.

The cause of the crash is unknown and pending further testing and investigation.  Updates will be provided as available. 

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