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A 34-year-old Philadelphia woman is dead, and a 5-year-old boy is in critical condition following a crash along Interstate 95 in the Wilmington area late Tuesday night, Delaware State Police said Wednesday. 

According to authorities, the woman was operating a Mercury Mountaineer at an apparent high rate of speed along I-95 south near Route 202 at about 11:45 p.m. on November 5, 2019, while passing a Honda Accord, she failed to negotiate a curve. 

Police said the Mercury drifted into the middle lane, cutting off the Honda and striking it's front left side with the Mercury's rear right side, which sent the Mercury into the guard rail. 

Neither passenger in the Mercury was wearing a seat belt. The woman was ejected from the vehicle at this point, and then the Mercury overturned, also ejecting the child. 

Th woman was pronounced deceased at Christiana Hospital. The boy remained in critical condition at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. 

The Honda also struck a guardrail before coming to a stop. The driver, a 28-year-old Wilmington man, was wearing his seat belt, and transported to St. Francis Hospital with minor injuries. 

Anyone with information which may assist with this active and ongoing investigation is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 302.365.8485 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.