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NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE: A Delaware woman was hospitalized Saturday morning after she ran a red light and was hit by a semi truck traveling south on Newport Gap Pike/Route 41 in New Castle County, Delaware. The accident happened on the western outskirts of Wilmington, DE in the far north section of the state, 15 miles northeast of Newark, DE and 32 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA

Delaware woman hits semi truck after running a red light

At approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday, 50 year old Mary A. Deconstanza of Wilmington, DE was driving a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle, traveling east on Faulkland Road near Brandywine State Park. According to local police, when Ms. Deconstanza reached the intersection of Faulkland Road and Newport Gap Pike/Route 41, she allegedly failed to obey her traffic signal which was red.

When Deconstanza ran the red light and entered the intersection, she drove directly in the path of a 2006 Western Star tractor trailer truck which was moving southbound on Newport Gap Pike/Route 41. The truck driver did not have enough time or space to avoid a collision and the 18 wheeler plowed into the driver’s side of Deconstanza’s VW Beetle. The truck driver was identified as 35 year old Matthew J. Dinunzio of Oxford, PA. He was hauling a cargo of lime, on route to Elmer, NJ at the time of the accident.


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The truck accident pinned Deconstanza in her vehicle, and the Mill Creek Fire Company responded to the truck accident and worked to extricate the woman from her car. After approximately fifteen minutes Deconstanza was freed and was treated at the scene by New Castle County paramedics. Once stabilized the woman was transported to Christiana Hospital in nearby Newark, DE. Ms. Deconstanza suffered head injuries and at last report was in critical condition and remained hospitalized.

The truck driver, Mr. Dinunzio, reportedly sustained an injury to one of his hands and some abrasions. He was also taken to Christiana Hospital where he was treated and released later Saturday afternoon.

Delaware State Police officials closed down the truck accident scene while work crews removed the VW Beetle and other debris from the roadway. There were no reports on the truck and it is believed that it was not heavily damaged and did not have to be towed from the scene. The road remained closed for about four hours as State Police did a reconstruction of the truck accident.


At this time no charges have been filed, though Ms. Deconstanza is likely to be charged with failure to stop at a traffic signal. Additional charges may be brought against the woman after the investigation of the truck accident is complete.

When an auto is involved with a semi truck in an accident, the auto loses. Retaining a dedicated truck accident attorney is imperative. Simply put, hiring just any lawyer and not a truck accident law firm, can be a serious mistake. Find out more information about Delaware trucking laws by contacting a Delaware truck accident lawyer at 1.800.773.6770.

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