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Milford Beacon
  • Milford woman's improper lane change causes Del. Route 1 crash

  • An improper lane change on Del. Route 1 caused a vehicle collision with a fully-marked Delaware State Police patrol vehicle earlier this morning. Neither driver was seriously injured during the accident.
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  • An improper lane change on Del. Route 1 caused a vehicle collision with a fully-marked Delaware State Police patrol vehicle earlier this morning. Neither driver was seriously injured during the accident.
    An initial investigation revealed that Milford resident Kathleen A. Jester, 55, attempted to short cut the media crossover at Lady Slipper Lane as she traveled southeast on the newly constructed Del. Route 30 exit ramp onto southbound Del. Route 1 around 6 a.m. this morning, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Jester, who was operating a 2010 Chevrolet Aveo, made an abrupt left lane change from the Del. Route 30 exit ramp instead of remaining within the curvature of the lane markings, crossing both southbound Del. Route 1 lanes, Fournier said.
    The front of Jester's Aveo struck the right passenger side of an approaching patrol vehicle, operated by a 35-year-old Delaware State Trooper assigned to Troop 7. The patrol car spun clockwise into the grass median, coming to a stop facing north. The Aveo also spun clockwise, coming to a stop in the left southbound lane, also facing north, Fournier said.
    Jester, who was properly restrained, was transported to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
    The trooper, who was properly restrained, was not injured.
    Jester was cited for improper lane change.
    The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating the crash.
    Southbound Del. Route 1 between South Rehoboth Boulevard and Johnson Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
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