Ne­wark woman, 29, killed in Mary­land crash

Newark Post - - Local News - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ches­pub.com

A Ne­wark woman was killed Satur­day night in a wrong-way, headon col­li­sion near Elk­ton, Md., po­lice re­ported.

The crash oc­curred about 7:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Old­field Point Road, south­west of Elk­ton, re­ported Lt. Michael Holmes, a Ce- cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman.

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

A he­li­copter flew Mor­ton to Chris­tiana Hospi­tal, where she died a short time later, po­lice said.

An­other he­li­copter flew Difebo to Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Unit in Bal­ti­more, where he was listed in “se­ri­ous but sta­ble” con­di­tion, 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, 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 – suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

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

The crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and no charges have been filed, Holmes re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to an obit­u­ary re­leased by her fam­ily, Mor­ton was a 2005 grad­u­ate of Ne­wark High School and earned a de­gree in psy­chol­ogy from Wilm­ing­ton Univer­sity. She worked as a teacher’s as­sis­tant at Tu­tor Time day­care.

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