A Millsboro man was killed on Sunday in a single-vehicle crash west of Ellendale, after allegedly attempting to elude police.
Delaware State Police reported that Javar M. James, 31, was driving at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Route 16 (Beach Highway) in Greenwood, allegedly in an attempt to elude a Greenwood police officer who had attempted to stop the vehicle because its registered owner, Shannon M. Emmett, 25, of Ellendale, was wanted for violation of probation. Emmett was a passenger in the car at the time of the incident, around 12:10 a.m. Sunday.
Police said the vehicle continued eastbound on Route 16 about a half-mile west of North Union Church Road, but that James apparently failed to negotiate a slight curve to the right and the vehicle left the north side of the roadway, slid and rotated eastbound through a grass field, where it struck a business sign and ultimately came to rest upright in a 5-foot-deep drainage ditch.
According to the DSP, the Greenwood officer had stopped his pursuit of the vehicle a mile prior to the crash, having lost sight of it due to wet weather, road conditions and the speed at which James was allegedly driving. A witness to the crash called 911 and directed the officer back to the crash scene, where the car was hidden in the ditch.
James was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Emmett was removed by EMS and initially transported to Milford Memorial Hospital but was later transferred to Christiana Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition soon afterward. Police said both James and Emmett were properly restrained in the vehicle.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was continuing their investigation into the crash this week. Route 16 west of North Union Church Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.