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Fatal Accident in Smyrna Kills One

Delaware State Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a two vehicle crash this morning that killed 22-year-old Brett Ellis of Smyrna.

Police say the crash happened just before 2 a.m.

30-year-old Cody Campbell of Trout Run, Pennsylvania was northbound on Route 13 approaching the intersection of Paddock Road in his Peterbilt tractor trailer; police say as his truck entered the intersection, it struck the right side of an Oldsmobile Cutlass that was attempting to make a left turn from southbound Route 13 onto eastbound Paddock Road.

Ellis was a passenger in that car; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Oldsmobile, 23-year-old James Sommer of Townsend, was injured in the crash; he was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover.

Campbell was not hurt.

Police say alcohol consumption on the part of Sommer is being considered a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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DSP News Release:  Smyrna Man Dies in Fatal Vehicle Crash
 
Location: US Rt. 13 (DuPont Parkway) northbound at Paddock Road, Smyrna, DE
 
Date of Occurrence: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 1:45 a.m.
 
Operators/Vehicles:
 
-Operator #1: Cody Campbell, 30, Trout Run, PA
-Vehicle #1: 1999 Peterbilt Tractor and Trailer
 
-Operator #2: James D. Sommer, 23, Townsend, DE
-Vehicle #2: 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass
 
Victim: Brett A. Ellis, 22, Smyrna, DE (front seat passenger)
 
Resume:   
Smyrna- The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred early this morning.
 
The accident happened at approximately 1:45 a.m. as Cody Campbell was operating a 1999 Peterbilt tractor and trailer and was traveling northbound on US Rt. 13 in the right hand lane approaching the intersection of Paddock Road. As Campbell’s vehicle entered the intersection, it struck the right hand side of a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass that was attempting to make a left hand turn from southbound Rt. 13 onto eastbound Paddock Road, and which was being operated by James D. Sommer. The front seat passenger of the Oldsmobile, Brett A. Ellis, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. James Sommer was transported from the scene by EMS to the Kent General Hospital in Dover where he was admitted with multiple injuries. His condition is unknown at this time. Cody Campbell was not injured.
 
Alcohol consumption on the part of James Sommer is being considered as a factor in this crash. Seatbelts were worn by all three persons involved in the collision. The northbound lanes of US Rt. 13 were closed for approximately 5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
 
This collision remains under investigation at this time.
 
 
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