Delp, Romero die from accident injuries


Dagsboro resident Robert Delp died last Thursday night from injuries sustained in a June 8 Frankford-area accident that killed four others and injured three.
Delp was taken off of life support at a Washington hospital about 5:41 p.m. on June 29, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeff Oldham.

“It’s very uncommon that five people die in a fatal crash,” Oldham said.

Frankford resident Freiner Rosales, 21, who was driving the Dodge pickup involved in the accident, and two of his passengers — Selbyville 20-year-old Diego Rodriguez and Victor Rosales, 19, of Frankford — were pronounced dead at the scene of the two-truck accident.

Ramiro Romero, 20, another passenger in the Dodge who was treated for trauma at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, died on June 12 from injuries sustained four days earlier.

Delp was treated for head injuries, along with his wife, Audrey, at the Washington-area hospital before subsiding to those injuries just more than a week ago.

About 6:35 p.m. on June 8, a 1998 Dodge pickup being driven by Freiner Rosales was traveling west on Burbage Road when it ran the stop sign at the Jones Road intersection, according to State Police. Dagsboro resident Robert Delp, 40, who was driving north on Jones Road in his 1988 Chevy pickup and had the right of way at the intersection, collided with the front left side of the Dodge pickup.

The Chevy and the Dodge drove off of the northwest corner of the intersection, where the Chevy rolled onto its ride side and the Dodge came to rest before its engine compartment burst into flames with the passengers inside.

Three Ocean View police officers, with the help of the Frankford Fire Company officials, began pulling the passengers from the truck’s cab. Flames from the fire were “licking” at the emergency personnel as they yanked occupants out, one by one, according to one Ocean View officer on the scene of the accident June 8.

“It was to the point where it was smoking and it was hot,” said Ocean View Cpl. Kristin Miller. (Miller is also vice president of the Bethany Beach Fire Company.) “That was probably one of the worst fatality accidents that I’ve ever been on. We’ve had quite a few bad ones around here but that was one of the worst. It was pretty much a mess.”

No one was injured by the fire, which was contained to the engine compartment, according to Delaware State Police.

Though they confirmed Delp’s dealth, the Delaware State Police had no further update on Frankford resident Rolanda Mejia, a passenger in the Dodge, who was admitted into Christina Hospital after the accident with multiple trauma.

Oldham said that Audrey Delp was released from the Washington-area hospital and was being treated at a Milford rehabilitation center.