Troopers Investigating Fatal in Milford

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**Update**
 
 
Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred early this afternoon north of Milford. 
 
Police state that the preliminary investigation has determined that the crash occurred this afternoon, Thursday, December 17, 2015, at approximately 12:25 p.m., at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Rothermel Road, Milford. Julianna Melia, 70 of Felton, was operating a 2004 Toyota Avalon westbound on Rothermel road approaching the intersection with Canterbury road.  Jeffery P. Dawson, 49 of Townsend, was operating a 2012 Tractor-Trailer (Volvo D13 Truck) northbound on Canterbury road approaching the intersection of Rothermel road. The Toyota Avalon continued through the stop sign on Rothermel Rd attempting to make a left turn onto Canterbury Road and entered into the path of the Tractor-Trailer, which swerved left and struck the driver’s side of the Avalon. After impact the two traveled in tandem northbound through the wet grass and stopped west of the roadway.
 
Julianna Melia, who was properly restrained, succumbed to the injuries she sustained and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Jeffrey P. Dawson, 49 of Townsend, the operator of the Tractor-Trailer was properly restrained. He was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. Canterbury Road in the area of Rothermel Road was for closed approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
 
 
 
**TRAFFIC ADVISORY**
 
Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- Milford
 
Milford, DE- Delaware State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred early this afternoon in Milford. 
 
The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred this afternoon, Thursday, December 17, 2015, at approximately 12:25 p.m., at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Rothermel Road, Milford, and involves a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle. As a result of the crash, the operator of the passenger vehicle had died. The operator of the tractor trailer has been removed from the scene and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. 
 
Canterbury Road between Deer Valley Road and Rothermel Road is closed at this time. Commuters are asked to find alternate means of travel around the scene. 
 
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has responded to the scene and has assumed the investigation. Further details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.

Delaware State Police are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash which occurred early this afternoon in Milford. The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred this afternoon, Thursday, December 17, 2015, at approximately 12:25 p.m., at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Rothermel Road, Milford, and involves a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle.

As a result of the crash, the operator of the passenger vehicle had died. The operator of the tractor trailer has been removed from the scene and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. Canterbury Road between Deer Valley Road and Rothermel Road is closed at this time. Commuters are asked to find alternate means of travel around the scene.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has responded to the scene and has assumed the investigation. Further details will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.