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Newark woman dies from injuries suffered in crash

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A Newark woman who was critically injured in a car crash last week has died, police said.

Linda D. Marple, 66, succumbed to her injuries at Christiana Hospital on Saturday, one day after the crash.

The crash happened at 6:17 a.m. March 20 on East Chestnut Hill Road, near the entrance to Todd Estates.

Marple was driving her 2003 Chevy Cavalier east in the right lane as a 55-year-old Elkton, Md., woman was driving her 2014 Acura MDX in the left lane, according to Master Cpl. Michael Austin, a spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

“The Acura accelerated past the Chevy, at which time the Chevy then changed lanes to follow behind the Acura,” Austin explained. “The Chevy then proceeded to drift to the left into the center grass before returning to the left lane, at which time it accelerated and struck the rear of the Acura.”

Marple lost control of the car, which overturned and came to rest on its roof. Marple, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was rushed to Christiana Hospital, Austin said.

The driver of the Acura was not hurt.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but they don’t believe alcohol was a factor. Anyone with information about the crash should contact Sgt. D. Alexander of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8484.

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