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  • POLICE: Townsend man dies behind wheel near Prime Hook

  • A 56-year-old Townsend man, Michael L. Indellini, died while driving west of Prime Hook Beach Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.
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  • A 56-year-old Townsend man died while driving west of Prime Hook Beach Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.
    Michael L. Indellini was traveling northbound on Cods Road, just north of Prime Hook Road, at about 2 p.m. when his 1995 Ford F150 pickup truck left the east side of the road, continued northbound along the grass edge and struck a utility pole, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Corporal Fournier.
    The front of the truck hit the pole, snapping it in half, and the truck continued north about 13 feet before coming to a stop against the damaged pole, he said.
    Fournier said a preliminary investigation suggested that Indellini died due to a sudden-onset medical condition, as there was no obvious trauma or injury sustained during the crash.
    Indellini was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol, drugs and speed do not appear to be a factor in the crash, Fournier said.
    Indellini was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
    Cods Road between Prime Hook Road and 13 Curves Road was closed for more than three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation.

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