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Hockessin woman dies of injuries suffered in accident on Papermill Road

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Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:43 am, Tue Dec 6, 2011.

Delaware State Police report  that  Melissa Williams, 23, of Hockessin, died of injuries on Sunday, following a one-car crash on Saturday near Newark.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Shortly after midnight, troopers and emergency personnel were called to the area of Papermill Road and Possum Park Road.

According to troopers, a Toyota Scion, driven by Williams,  was traveling eastbound on Papermill Road approaching Possum Park Road. The road starts to curve to the right in the area of the intersection. As the Scion crossed over Possum Park Road, it traveled over the concrete median and into the westbound lanes. The vehicle then traveled off of the roadway and started to overturn. It then struck a utility pole.

Williams, had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means. She was transported from the scene to Christiana Hospital where she later died.

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  • julie posted at 8:47 am on Tue, May 11, 2010.

    julie Posts: 0

    I would now ask that people stop putting blame...Let Melissa Rest in Peace now that she is gone. its to late to talk about the should haves...let it go

  • anonymous posted at 4:03 pm on Mon, May 10, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    DUI is a big problem around this area, hence the reason for the checkpoints that the police run on the weekends. So while your friend may have been a completely responsible person, you can't blame people for chalking it up as another drunk driver that made a poor decision. That said, it's a crappy intersection, and if you're not paying attention you can easily end up in trouble even on a perfectly clear day. Anyway, whatever the reason for the accident it's just a damn shame that yet another person has died in a car accident around here.

  • anonymous posted at 10:09 pm on Fri, May 7, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    it is about respect because you don't know the details of the situation and do not deserve to blame it on her "choices". you didn't have the privelage of knowing her, but i did and i won't allow you to make her out to be some irresponsible drunk driver simply because the article stated that "alcohol is believed to be a factor". we may never know what happened that night, but we do know a tragic accident led to the loss of a beautiful, responsible, smart, and amazing woman and should not be remembered as anything less.

  • anonymous posted at 2:56 pm on Fri, May 7, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    To: ExcopReally ? MOST have been drinking ? I would think if this were true, that either Newark Police or the State Police would set up a regular traffic check out there, for the easy pickings.

  • anonymous posted at 2:54 pm on Fri, May 7, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Yep, most of the people who have bad accidents at this intersection may have been driving too fast, or drinking, or talking on a cell phone. But... it's still a dangerous intersection.You'll note that there is NO warning signs approaching the intersection that it is a 45 degree bend in the road leaving the intersection. There should be a lower speed limit here, perhaps 35, and signage approaching indicating the serious curve.While one might say "it was due to her driving", all departments of transportation, DelDOT included, nonetheless design roads to be idiot-proof, to make the road as safe as possible, despite driver error.If you do a count, from this intersection up to Smith Mill Road, there have been at least 10 deaths in the last 10 years. I simply can't understand why more hasn't been done yet.

  • matty82 posted at 5:18 am on Fri, May 7, 2010.

    matty82 Posts: 0

    This has nothing to do with respect. It is horrible what happened, I agree but a choice was made that evening.

  • Excop posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, May 6, 2010.

    Excop Posts: 200

    Many people coming home from Newark use this road. At that time in the morning most have been drinking. They use Rt .72 to avoid Kirkwood Highway. More cops on Kirkwood. Sorry to lose another young person to DUI.

  • anonymous posted at 10:00 am on Tue, May 4, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    please respect.

  • anonymous posted at 9:22 am on Tue, May 4, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    I don't drive under the influence or speed either but I do agree that it is a horribly designed intersection!

  • matty82 posted at 12:04 am on Tue, May 4, 2010.

    matty82 Posts: 0

    I travel the road to and from work. I never had a problem. That's because I don't speed and I am not under the influence. Has nothing to do with the design of the intersection.

  • b0s0x1 posted at 11:57 am on Mon, May 3, 2010.

    b0s0x1 Posts: 0

    Horribly designed intersection.

  • anonymous posted at 4:50 am on Sat, May 1, 2010.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    actually, about 2yrs ago i was stopped in a Police Checkpoint on that road while coming home from a family reunion at about 11pm. i was really surprised because i thought, "Why the heck is there a checkpoint here?!?!? This is so random!" but i guess i never thought about what poster "ExCop" said, that everyone ends up using Paper Mill Rd. i can understand that up to a point, but after the MBNA/Bank of America buildings i would think the percentage of drunk drivers would go down, i would think they would mostly be the younger college crowd, and they don't tend to live all the way up in Hockessin, near Limestone Rd, i would think that's more of your average citizen/family drivers.... but i'm probably wrong, just like i was about wondering why there was a Police Checkpoint there to begin with!!!1

  • Excop posted at 1:09 pm on Fri, Apr 30, 2010.

    Excop Posts: 200

    A lot of the drunks leaving Newark use Rt72. Not many troopers patrol that area. Rt.2 Kirkwood highway has more police presence and so savvy drinkers use Paper Mill Rd.


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