SUSSEX, Del. – One teen from Seaford perished after his vehicle went off the road before crashing into a car in Sussex County on Wednesday afternoon, according to Delaware State Police.
The tragic accident happened on Lewes Georgetown Highway east of Route 5 and Harbeson around 4:20 in the afternoon.
The victim, 17-year-old Keyshawn Purnell, was traveling on Route 9 eastbound on his 1997 Ford Taurus whilst another driver, 39-year-old Vincent Mosher from Salisbury, who was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer, was approaching Purnell’s Taurus via westbound.
Purnell’s vehicle, for unknown reason, got off the south edge of the roadway. Purnell overcorrected the mishap and crossed back to Route 9, directly to the path of a westbound traffic.
The oncoming Ford Explorer tried to swerve away to avoid the head-on crash but was unsuccessful. There Ford hit the passenger side of the Taurus. The impact of the crash sent the two vehicles into a grassy median where they came to stop.
Purnell was declared dead on the scene as a consequence to the injuries he suffered in the crash. It was discovered that Purnell was not wearing a seatbelt during the accident, authorities say.
The oFord driver, Mosher, was brought to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and received medical attention after sustaining minor injuries. Mosher was wearing a seatbelt during the crash, according to the police.
Whether alcohol played a factor in the crash remains unknown as investigation still continues.
Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced Delaware car accident lawyer now for a free consultation.