Dover Police Investigate Serious Motor Vehicle Collision

Incident Number: 50-24-7983

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 7th, 2024, at 6:43 p.m.

Location:  Saulsbury Road and Whatcoat Drive, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email:

Narrative: The Dover Police Department is investigating a serious crash that left a 69-year-old male from Dover, DE, seriously injured Thursday evening. The investigation began when Dover Police was called to the area of Saulsbury Road and Whatcoat Drive at 6:43 p.m., for the report of a serious vehicle collision. Officers arrived on scene and located both vehicles with heavy front end damage. The 69-year-old male was airlifted to a New Castle County area hospital for treatment where he remains in serious condition. The other driver, a 27-year-old female of Dover, was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The ensuing investigation revealed a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, operated by the 69-year-old male, was traveling southbound on Saulsbury Road in the area of Whatcoat Drive. At the same time, a 2016 Mazad CX-5 was traveling Northbound on Saulsbury Road in the same area. The Jeep swerved to avoid hitting a deer that was crossing the road which caused the vehicle to enter the opposite lane of travel striking the Mazda in a head on manner.

The Dover Police Department is still evaluating the facts of this case and if anyone has information related to this incident please contact us at 302-736-7130.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at:

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