A 31-year-old Newark man was identified as one of the victims in a fatal accident downstate, Delaware State Police announced Tuesday.
According to authorities, Andrew S. Hengel was operating an Audi A3 when he collided with a Toyota RAV4 being operated by 75-year-old Steven M. Thompson, of Frederica, along Coastal Highway near Eagles Crest Road.
The crash occurred around 2:50 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and Hengel succumbed to his injuries February 10 while at an area hospital, police said. Thompson, who was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 69-year-old female passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
Police said they've deemed impairment on behalf of Hengel as a contributing factor, and said he failed to slow down as he approached the Toyota, striking it from behind and forcing it off the roadway, where the Toyota overturned in a grassy area. The Audi traveled through a chain-link fence before coming to a stop.