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From: Newton Walter W (DSP)
Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2009 11:40 PM
Subject: DSP News Release - Lewes Fire Truck Involved in Crash

DSP News Release: Crash involving Fire Truck

Location of Incident: Old Orchard Road and Savannah Road , Lewes , Sussex County , DE

Date and Time of Occurrence: Saturday July 4, 2009 at 0853 hours


Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a Lewes fire truck.

The crash occurred just before 9 o’clock this morning when a Lewes fire truck was responding to a morning crash on SR 1.

The crash occurred when the fire truck was traveling west on Savannah Road. The truck was responding to a crash with its emergency equipment on as it approached Old Orchard Road. Jane Hicks, 72, Lewes, was driving a 2007 Lincoln Town car on Old Orchard and had come to a stop. Hicks was attempting to turn left on to Savannah Road when she pulled in front of the fire truck. The fire truck broadsided her vehicle resulting in the crash.

Some debris from the crash damaged a car that was waiting to turn onto Old Orchard Road from Savannah Road.

Hicks was taken to BeeBe Hospital in Lewes where she was treated for minor injuries. Hicks was charged with Failing to Yield the Right of Way.

The driver of the fire truck was identified as Troy Virden, 35, of Lewes.

Released July 4, 2009 at 2340 hours.

Sgt. Walter Newton 818
Delaware State Police Public Information Office
P.O. Box 430 Dover, DE 19903