Wilmington woman dies in I-95 crash

August 2, 2008 1:06:04 PM PDT
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that killed a 27-year-old Wilmington woman. Troopers responded to the area of I-95 southbound near Route 141 Friday night at around 11:45 p.m. fter a report of a crash. Investigators learned a 2007 Peterbuilt Tractor Trailer, operated by Carlton Green, 37 of Wilmington, was traveling southbound on I-95 in the right center lane south of Delaware Route 141.

A second vehicle, a 1994 Ford Escort, operated by Evelyn M. Rivera, 27 of Wilmington passed the tractor-trailer while traveling in the right lane of I-95 southbound. For an unknown reason, Ms. Rivera lost control of her vehicle and traveled off the west edge of the roadway where it struck two construction barrels that were aligning the roadway.

The Escort continued to travel a short distance further while on the shoulder and struck the impact attenuator on the end of a Jersey barrier. This caused the Escort to spin in a clockwise direction and traveled back onto the roadway where it struck the right side of the tractor-trailer in the area of the third axle.

This impact caused the Escort to strike the Jersey barrier again, where it came to rest. The tractor-trailer was driven to a controlled stop south of the collision scene. Ms. Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in this collision on the part of Ms. Rivera. Seatbelt use is also unknown on Ms. Rivera. Mr. Green was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt. The investigation is continuing by members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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