Unidentified man killed.
The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of an unidentified man Friday evening east of Delmar.
The investigation thus far has determined that the crash occurred on Friday, August 4, at around 6:45 p.m., as 32-year-old Mario Martinez-Jimenez, of Mexico, was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition southbound on Pepperbox Road, approaching the intersection with Whitesville Road. Martinez-Jimenez failed to stop at the stop sign and the Expedition was struck by a 2011 Ford F-150 operated by a 75-year-old Laurel man, westbound on Whitesville Road. Both cars spun out. The Expedition overturned onto its right side.
An unidentified male rear-seat passenger in the Expedition, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name will be released after positive identification is made and his next of kin is notified.
Four other passengers, all males aged from 21 to 44, were taken to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries. The 44-year-old was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma to be treated for serious injuries.
Martinez-Jimenez, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was removed from the scene by ambulance and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries. Impairment on the part of Martinez-Jimenez is being considered as a factor in the crash.
The operator of the Ford F-150, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. Charges are expected.
The intersection of Pepperbox Road and Whitesville Road was closed for four hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.