Ne­wark man killed in crash

Al­co­hol be­lieved to be fac­tor in col­li­sion

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A 24-year-old Ne­wark man was killed early Satur­day morn­ing in a car crash east of the city.

Michael A. Burns was driv­ing his 2015 Mazda 6 west on East Chest­nut Hill Road “at an ap­par­ent high rate of speed,” said Mas­ter Cpl. Jef­frey Hale, a spokesman for Delaware State Po­lice.

At ap­prox­i­mately 12:45 a.m., Burns’ Mazda col­lided with a 2005 Ford Ex- plorer turn­ing from east­bound Chest­nut Hill Road onto Old Ne­wark Road, Hale said. The Mazda then jumped a curb and crashed into a fence.

Burns, who was not wear­ing a seat­belt, died at the scene. The driver of the Ford, 29-year-old Natasha Sa­gapo­lutele of Bear, was taken to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal to be treated for non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

“Al­co­hol use and speed on the part of Michael Burns is be­ing con­sid­ered as a fac­tor in the crash,” Hale said.

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