One man has succumbed to injuries

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating an early May crash that has since claimed the life of one of the drivers.

The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7, on East Trap Pond Road, south of Phillips Hill Road in Laurel.

A 2001 Mack trash truck, operated by a 37-year old-Delmar, Maryland, man, was traveling northbound on East Trap Pond Road, approaching the intersection of Phillips Hill Road. At the same time, a 2011 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by 82-year-old Rigoberto Perez, Sr., of Laurel, was traveling southbound on East Trap Pond Road in the same area.

For unknown reasons, the Ford crossed the solid, double-yellow centerline and entered into the northbound lane, headed directly toward the Mack. The operator of the Mack moved his vehicle into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid a collision, but, the Ford crossed back over the centerline and returned to the southbound lane, where the two vehicles collided. 

Perez sustained serious injuries and was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Christiana Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on Monday, May 21.

The operator of the Mack, along with a 41-year-old male passenger, were not injured as a result of the crash.

Impairment is not being considered as a factor on behalf of the Mack driver. Impairment on behalf of Perez is unknown at this time.

The release of this updated information was pending the notification of all involved parties.