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Milton man charged with vehicular homicide

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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A 27-year-old Milton man has been charged with vehicular homicide after police say he drove into a Verizon worker, pinning him to his work van. The worker died at the scene.

After his release from the hospital June 9, Zachary M. Krytzer was charged with first-degree homicide and driving under the influence of drugs, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Krytzer was released on $20,500 secured bond.

The crash happened at 1:55 p.m. June 7 on the southbound shoulder of Route 1 near Little Heaven. Heath B. Janssen, 41, of Dover, was putting equipment in the back of his work truck after checking phone lines beneath a manhole cover.

The truck was parked on the shoulder and surrounded by cones at the entrance of a Valero gas station when a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Krytzer drifted onto the southbound shoulder and struck a mailbox and road reflector, Fournier said.

The Montero then struck Janssen and pinned him to the rear of the work truck, pushing the truck about 36 feet forward, Fournier said. Janssen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Krytzer, who was properly restrained, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Bayhealth Kent General where was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fournier said witnesses reported that before the crash the Montero was weaving between both southbound lanes of Route 1. Route 1 southbound was closed at Clapham Road for three-and-a-half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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Original Publication Date: June 17, 2016

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