UPDATE: Delaware State Police have located the driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit a Harrington man Wednesday night.

Harrington Police found the 2010 International BTM tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Best Ace hardware store at 3000 Midway Drive, said department spokesman Lt. Earl K. Brode.

The driver, identified as Robert R. Irving, 37, of Adelanto, California, said he and another man were in the truck driving northbound on South Dupont Highway when they struck an object they thought was a deer. They continued on without stopping, Brode said.

An examination showed the tractor-trailer had a damaged front bumper, Brode said.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, although no charges are expected, Brode said.



A Harrington man was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash near Farmington.

The man was identified as Jay P. Grove III, 36, said Delaware State Police Public Information Officer Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The crash took place around 10:25 p.m. Sept. 30, in the right lane of South Dupont Highway, north of Main Street in Farmington, Fournier said.

Grove, who was wearing only dark clothing, apparently was walking in the northbound lane when he was hit by a vehicle also traveling toward the north. The vehicle fled the scene without stopping, Fournier said.

A motorcyclist also traveling northbound stopped and called 911 after he hit Grove’s body in the roadway after initially thinking it was a deer. The cyclist was not hurt, but did sustain mechanical damage to his motorcycle.

Grove was pronounced dead at the scene, Fournier said.

The division’s Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident and it is a possibility other vehicles may have struck Grove in the roadway, Fournier said.

The roadway was closed for approximately 6.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Cpl. Killen at 302-697-4454 Ext. 216. Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at delawarecrimstoppersweb.com, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”