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New Castle County police said a husband and wife are dead following a single vehicle crash late Monday night, June 1, 2020 near Delaware City.

Police said the incident started around 11:15 p.m. on River Road when a county patrol unit reported seeing a woman hanging out the passenger side window of a Chevrolet Suburban frantically waving her arms trying to get the officers attention.

The officer activated the emergency equipment on his vehicle and attempted a car stop but the SUV took off at high speed.

The officer backed off but the Suburban kept going and eventually ran off the road near Route 72, smashed into a steel utility pole, and caught fire.

Arriving police units attempted a rescue but were unsuccessful.

Firefighters from Delaware City and Port Penn were called in to extinguish the fire.

The victims were identified as 46-year old Steven Jones and his wife 40-year old Kari-Ann Jones.

County police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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