Man Dies 2 Days After Minor Car Crash in Delaware

A Delaware man died two days after he was involved in a minor car accident, according to investigators.

Police say Richard Carmean, 55, of Magnolia, was driving a 2009 Kia Sorrento in the left lane on northbound State Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach around 2:30 p.m. back on April 2. At the same time an 18-year-old man was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 in the center lane of northbound State Route 1.

Suddenly the 18-year-old swerved his vehicle into the left lane to avoid striking another vehicle that had just entered into his path after exiting the parking lot of a K-Mart store, officials said. The front of the F-150 then struck the left side of Carmean’s Sorrento. After the collision, both drivers pulled their vehicles over. When State Police responded to the scene, Carmean, his passenger and the 18-year-old told them they were uninjured and refused medical treatment. Police also didn’t observe major damage on either vehicle.

Carmean and the 18-year-old exchanged information and then left, police said.
After returning to his home, Carmean began to feel discomfort. He was taken to Kent General Hospital where he died on April 4. Officials determined he died from injuries he sustained during the April 2 accident.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash and asking any witnesses to come forward. If you have any information, please call Master Corporal Jay Burns at 302-703-3266. You can also call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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