Seaford man, 20, killed in crash near Frankford


Delaware State Police this week were continuing their investigating a fatal crash that occurred last week just outside Frankford.

The incident, which occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 7, involved a 17-year-old Frankford boy who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. Police said the 17-year-old was traveling southbound on Pepper Road, approaching the intersection of Gum Road with the intention of turning left onto Gum Road. At that same time, Toyana S. Knight Jr., 20 of Seaford, was driving a 2003 Suzuki GSXR600 motorcycle northbound on Pepper Road, approaching the intersection of Gum Road.

According to police, the 17-year-old failed to perceive the motorcycle approaching and turned left directly in front of it. Although Knight applied his brakes, he was unable to avoid striking the right side of the Tahoe.

DSP said that Knight was wearing a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. Knight was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from multiple traumatic injuries.

The 17-year-old male, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was properly restrained and was uninjured, police said.

“No charges have been filed at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, DSP public information officer, this week.

Officials said Pepper Road at Gum Road was closed for approximately 3.5 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. As of mid-week Fournier said DSP had no updates on the investigation.

“When the investigation is completed, the entire case will be presented to the Sussex County Department of Justice for determination on charge(s) to be filed. This could take between two to three months, depending on the completion of the following; reconstruction, forensic mapping, additional interviews, report writing, toxicology reports, phone records/analysis, etc.

“There are times when an immediate arrest occurs in fatal crashes. Usually, the immediate arrests occur in extremely egregious cases, where enough evidence is immediately known to meet the criteria for felony level crimes, such as manslaughter, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, or the identity and possibility of flight are in question.

“Regardless of whether charges occur immediately after the crash or following the completion of the investigation, that decision is made by the Department of Justice,” he said.