Delaware: State Police Investigate Double Fatal near Little Creek; Speed & Booze Likely Cause

Delaware State Police chopper

Delaware State Police chopper

Little Creek, Del. – Delaware Troopers are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed two Dover men.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:05 p.m. Monday July 21, 2014 as Benjamin W. Hibbler, 26 of Dover, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet flatbed tow truck (AA Towing & Rollback Service Inc.) northbound on Bayside Drive (SR9) north of North Little Creek Road.

As the vehicle entered a left curve, its right side tires traveled off the east edge of the roadway and due to its apparent high rate of speed, the truck began to rotate and cross both lanes of travel while spinning in a counter-clockwise motion. The truck then exited the west side of the roadway and struck a large metal telephone pole with the passenger side door and came to a stop.

Benjamin Hibbler, who was not properly restrained, was transported to Kent General Hospital where he later died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries.

A passenger, Michael J. Shahan, 23 of Dover, was not properly restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident.  Speed and alcohol may be contributing factors in this collision.  SR9 between North Little Creek Road and White Oak Road was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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