A 27-year-old man was killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision on U.S. Route 301 that also hospitalized two Middletown residents.
Brian Wyatt of Elkton, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
The occupants of the second vehicle, 26-year-old Jonathan Bateman and 64-year-old Nesta Bateman, were taken to Christiana Hospital where they were admitted with injuries that police said did not appear to be life threatening. Both were wearing seat belts, police said.
Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day said a preliminary investigation indicates Wyatt was driving a Dodge Neon south on Route 301 at a high rate of speed when he passed several vehicles on the right shoulder of the roadway.
The Neon then moved from the shoulder of the southbound lane, across the double yellow line in the center of the road and into the northbound lane where it struck a northbound 2007 Mercury Milan about a half-mile north of Marl Pit Road just before 10:30 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed, he said.
Route 301 was closed for nearly four hours as troopers investigated the crash and cleared the scene.