The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred this morning, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at approximately 12:57 a.m., as an unknown male subject was operating a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix and was traveling in a westbound direction on SR 24 (John J. Williams Highway), just west of CR 298 (Legion Road), at an apparent high rate of speed. The operator of the Grand Prix then lost control of the vehicle causing it to cross the center line of the roadway and enter into the eastbound lane. The front of the Grand Prix then struck the front of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 that was being operated by Mark A. Bradford, 29, of Millsboro, DE, and which was traveling in an eastbound direction on SR 24.
The operator of the Grand Prix, whose identity is unknown at this time, was not properly restrained at the time of the crash. The male victim was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim will be released after he is positively identified and his next of kin is notified. During the investigation it was determined that the Pontiac had recently been stolen from Sunny's Auto Sales located at 25924 John J. Williams Highway, in Millsboro.
Mark Bradford, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was trapped in his vehicle which became engulfed in flames. He was freed, however, with the assistance of several witnesses. Bradford was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Beebe Healthcare where he is being treated for his non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation into this crash by the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is on-going and no charges are expected.
John J. Williams Highway between Oak Road and Legion Road was closed for approximately four hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.