Magnolia man dies after Rehoboth Beach accident

REHOBOTH BEACH –  The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a two vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Magnolia man which occurred last weekend.

The initial investigation began on April 2 at approximately 2:29 p.m., as troopers responded to northbound SR 1 (Coastal Highway), .4 miles north of Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach, for the report of a two vehicle crash.

John W. Weeks, 18 of Rehoboth Beach, was allegedly operating a 2005 Ford F-150 while traveling in the center lane of northbound SR 1, north of Holland Glade Road. Mr. Weeks swerved his vehicle into the left hand lane of travel in order to avoid striking another vehicle which had just entered into his path after exiting the parking lot of the K-Mart store.

The front of the F-150 then struck the left hand side of the rear bumper of a 2009 Kia Sorrento that was traveling in the left hand lane of northbound SR 1 and was operated by Richard W. “Rick” Carmean, III, 55 of Magnolia.

After the collision, both operators were able to pull their vehicles to a controlled stop in the northbound left hand turn lane for Camelot Drive. Both operators, as well as a female passenger in Mr. Carmean’s vehicle, advised responding troopers that they were uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene. No damage was observed on either vehicle. Both operators agreed to exchange information and, after doing so, were released.

After returning to his residence, Mr. Carmean began to feel discomfort and was transported by personal vehicle to the Kent General Hospital, where he subsequently died on April 4. His body was then transported to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy determined that he had died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit has assumed this investigation and is asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash to contact Master Corporal Jay Burns at 302-703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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