Selbyville woman dies after multi-vehicle crash, others injured


A multiple-vehicle crash near Bridgeville on Sunday, Aug. 11, killed a Selbyville woman and injured four other people.

Police said the crash happened on Route 404 in the area of Dublin Hill Road near Bridgeville on Sunday, about 6:25 p.m., when a 71-year-old Selbyville woman, Carole M. Hoffman, for unknown reasons, allowed her eastbound car to drift into the opposite lane of travel.

According to the DSP, Hoffman’s vehicle struck the rear driver’s side of a westbound vehicle being driven by a 49-year-old Rockville, Md., man, who was unable to avoid the oncoming car, despite swerving to the right. Police said the man’s vehicle spun counter-clockwise in the road before coming to a stop.

The DSP reported that Hoffman’s car continued eastbound in the opposing lane before it struck head-on a third car, being driven by a 41-year-old Woodbridge, Va., woman, causing it to spin clockwise and then overturn onto the driver’s side on the side of the road.

Hoffman’s car rotated counter-clockwise and continued eastbound for a short distance before coming to a stop in the westbound lanes, facing south, according to the DSP.

Hoffman, who was the only occupant of her car, was initially transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before later being flown to Christiana Medical Center with undetermined injuries. Hoffman died early Tuesday morning in the hospital.

The Maryland man and two teenage passengers in his car were not injured in the collision, but a third passenger — a 51-year-old woman from Rockville — was transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Virginia woman and a 44-year-old female passenger in her car were transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 14-year-old male passenger in that car was airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation Unit (Trooper 2) to A.I. DuPont with a severe head injury. His condition was unknown early this week.

Route 404 (Seashore Highway) was closed in the area of Dublin Hill Road for approximately 90 minutes as the crash was investigated and cleared. The Collision Reconstruction Unit in Sussex County has assumed the investigation into the crash. Immediately after the accident, Hoffman had been cited for Failure to Remain within a Single Lane.