Three killed in Ce­cil crashes

Woman killed in head-on crash Sat.

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— In just un­der a week, the county saw three fa­tal ve­hi­cle crashes after a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash oc­curred in south of Elkton Tues­day evening.

At about 6:30 p.m. Tues­day, the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to an ac­ci­dent in which an SUV struck a util­ity pole on Wil­liams Road, just east of the Hut­ton Road in­ter­sec­tion, re­ported Lt. Michael Holmes, a Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman.

As of Tues­day night at press time, few de­tails on the crash were avail­able, in­clud­ing how many peo­ple were in the ve­hi­cle or de­tails on the vic­tim, Holmes said.

Over the week­end, a mo­torist trav­el­ing the wrong di­rec­tion on a two-lane road crashed head-on into a car, killing his pas­sen­ger and injuring four oth­ers, in­clud­ing him­self, po­lice also re­ported.

The col­li­sion oc­curred about 7:30 p.m. Satur­day in the 2100 block of Old­field Point Road, south­west of Elkton, re­ported Holmes.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied

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the vic­tim as Rachel Vi­ola Mor­ton, a 29-year-old Ne­wark, Del., woman who was a front-seat pas­sen­ger in a 2009 Chevro­let Mal­ibu driven by Wil­liam Richard Difebo, 36, also of Ne­wark.

A Mary­land State Po­lice heli­copter flew Mor­ton to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Delaware, where she was pro­nounced dead shortly after ar­riv­ing there, po­lice said.

Another MSP heli­copter flew Difebo to Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Unit in Bal­ti­more, where he was listed in “se­ri­ous but sta­ble” con­di­tion late Mon­day morn­ing, po­lice added.

Difebo was driv­ing the Mal­ibu in the north­bound lane of Old­field Point Road — but was head­ing south — when his car crashed head-on into a north­bound 2015 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado driven by Ju­lian Brown, 63, of Wilm­ing­ton, Del., ac­cord­ing to Holmes.

Brown and his two pas­sen­gers — Karla Petersen

Brown, 51, who was in the front seat, and Re­becca Kylie Brown, 18, who was in a rear seat, also both of Wilm­ing­ton — suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

Am­bu­lances trans­ported all three to Union Hos­pi­tal in Elkton, where they were treated and later dis­charged, po­lice added.

As of late Mon­day morn­ing, the fa­tal head-on col­li­sion re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and no charges had been filed, Holmes re­ported. CCSO Dfc. Wil­liam Muller is han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to Holmes.

Just two days be­fore Satur­day’s fa­tal crash, another fa­tal Ce­cil County traf­fic ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

About 9:30 a.m. Thurs­day morn­ing, Al­lah­jah Leon Sor­den, 19, of Elkton, was killed when his 1997 Honda CR-9 mo­tor­cy­cle crashed into a 2005 Sierra pickup truck on Au­gus­tine Herman High­way, south of Ch­e­sa­peake City, po­lice re­ported.

Sor­den was a 2015 all­county pole vaulter on the Elkton High School track team.

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