Delaware State Police said a driver tried to pass the vehicle in front of him in a no passing zone and struck a car traveling in the opposite direction.

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Saturday night in the Newark area.

At about 10:34 p.m., a 39-year-old man from Bear was driving a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup south on Salem Church Road.

He attempted to pass a vehicle in front of him in a no passing zone, marked with two solid yellow lines.

The pickup crossed over the center lines and into oncoming traffic, striking a 2013 Toyota Camry that was traveling north on Salem Church Road, north of Deasy Drive.

After the impact the Camry went into a ditch and overturned on the driver’s side, trapping two of the three occupants.

The driver of the Camry, a 31-year-old Newark man, was properly restrained. He was transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious condition.

His two passengers, his father, 57, and his mother, 52, were seated in the back seat, unrestrained. Both were transported to the Christiana Hospital.

The the 57-year-old man was pronounced dead, police said. Identification is pending next-of-kin notification.

The 52-year-old woman was in critical condition.

The driver of the F-150 pickup was properly restrained and transported to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to disregarding the double yellow line, police suspect that alcohol may also be a contributing factor in the collision.

Salem Church Road near Deasy Drive was closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.