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Driver killed in head-on crash in Delaware identified

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1 dead in head-on vehicle crash in Delaware. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 9 a.m. on March 10, 2018. (WPVI)

Authorities have identified the driver killed in Friday night's violent, head-on collision in Claymont, Delaware.

Delaware State Police say 49-year-old Michael Simmons of Brookhaven, Pa. was behind the wheel of the 2001 Mercedes SUV that slammed into a Ford Pickup truck after fleeing the scene of a different crash.

Simmons, who police say was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened before 9 p.m. Friday at Naamans Road and Peachtree Lane.

Investigators say Simmons rear-ended a Honda sedan, then tried to speed away into oncoming traffic.

His SUV struck the Ford pickup truck head-on, killing him.

Three people in the truck were treated at area hospitals for injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The two people in the Honda which was rear-ended by the Mercedes were not hurt.

The crash remains under investigation.

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