Delaware State Police Report Cody Hopkins Dead; Speed and Alcohol Factors in Crash
Milford- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Milford man which occurred early this week.
The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at 11:24 p.m., as Cody S. Hopkins, 24, was operating a 2006 Dodge Ram and was traveling in a northbound direction on Canterbury Road just south of Blue Jay Lane. As Hopkins attempted to negotiate a curve in the roadway, his vehicle’s right side tires traveled off of the east edge of the roadway. The Ram then re-entered the roadway and began to rotate in a clockwise direction before skidding off of the roadway. It then traveled in a northeasterly direction before striking a group of trees and overturning, ejecting Hopkins onto Blue Jay Lane. The Dodge continued traveling in a northeasterly direction until it came to rest on its right-hand side on Blue Jay Lane.
Speed and alcohol use appear to be factors in this crash which remains under investigation at this time.
Cody Hopkins, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was removed from the scene and transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital. He was later transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition before being declared dead on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Speed and alcohol use appear to be factors in this crash which remains under investigation at this time.
Cody Shane “Codeman” Hopkins, 24, of Harrington, passed away peacefully Tuesday,
June 20, 2017, at 5:34 p.m. at Christiana Hospital.
Cody was born Dec. 22, 1992, in Milford, to Lori and William G. (Bill) Hopkins Jr. He graduated from Sussex Technical High School in 2011 with a focus on agriculture.
Cody was passionate about anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and dirt track racing. He traveled around the East Coast racing at various dirt tracks as a teenager. Although he stepped away from full-time driving, he could be found at the track helping his buddies, and even made cameo appearances behind the wheel. He lived out one of his dreams when he landed his job working for Bonk Farms in Magnolia. He worked side by side with other farmers over 50 hours a week and was such a dedicated worker.
Cody is survived by his parents, Lori and William G. Hopkins Jr. of Harbeson; sisters Corey White (Matt) of Newark and Caitlin Hopkins (Mike Moore) of Georgetown; grandparents, Myrna Willoughby of Harbeson and Thelma and William G. Hopkins Sr. of Harbeson; aunts and uncles, including Sheri and George Sweeney, Robert Willoughby and Daniel Slagle, Wendy and John McVicker, and Connie and Michael Heck; and numerous loving cousins. He was preceded by his maternal grandfather, Robert J. Willoughby Sr.
Cody has given numerous recipients the gift of life through organ donation. He was able to donate several organs to people who will carry on his legacy.
Visitation will be held at Eagle’s Nest Fellowship, 26633 Zion Church Road, Milton, Monday, June 26, from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire requested. Light refreshments to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Cody’s memory to Delaware FFA Foundation Inc., 401 Federal St., Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901 to support educating future farmers.
Arrangements in the care of Short Funeral Services, Milton.