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Delaware State Trooper Killed in Head-On Crash

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July 18, 2004

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Delaware State Trooper Killed in Head-On Crash

Officer Down: Corporal Christopher Shea - [Lewes , Delaware]

It is with deep regret that the Delaware State Police announces the death of a Trooper, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday, July 18, 2004, as the result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle traffic crash.

At approximately 2:06 a.m. a crash occurred on Delaware State Route 1, southbound approximately three tenths of a mile north of County Route 206 and approximately 1 mile south of Milford. Corporal Christopher M. Shea, 31, was operating a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Cruiser when he was struck head on by another vehicle.

The Police Cruiser was traveling southbound on State Route 1 in the left lane rounding a slight curve. A 1991 Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of State Route 1. The Toyota struck the left front of the police cruiser. The Toyota was reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed with only one headlight operable prior to the collision. Alcohol is a factor in the cause of the crash.

Corporal Shea, 31, was transported by ambulance to Milford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 2:54 a.m from injuries he sustained in the crash.

Corporal Shea is survived by his wife, Susan and two children, Christopher, Jr., 3 1/2 and Elizabeth 11 months of Lewes, Delaware.

Corporal Shea was a 4-year veteran of the Delaware State Police, assigned to patrol, Troop 7, in Lewes.

The operator of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.

Funeral services for Corporal Christopher Shea will take place on July 21st and July 22nd. The viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 from 1500hrs to 1700hrs and 1900hrs to 2100hrs at the Parsell Funeral Home, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. The services will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 10:00 A.M. at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 West 4TH Street, Lewes, DE.

Internment will be immediately following the service at the Bethel United Methodist Cemetery, located on Savannah Road, Lewes, DE.

All agencies that plan to attend the funeral services on July 22, should assemble at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE at 0800hrs.

Any out of state agency arriving by aircraft should contact Captain Jeffery Evans of the Delaware State Police Aviation Section, at 302.378.5785 for proper arrival and departing arrangements.

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