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Heath Janssen, Verizon worker, dies in crash

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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A Verizon worker died after he was struck by a car June 7 along Route 1 near Little Heaven, pinning him against a work truck.

Heath B. Janssen, 41, of Dover, was putting equipment in the back of his work truck after checking phone lines beneath a manhole cover at 1:55 p.m. The truck was parked on the southbound shoulder of Route 1, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

The truck was stopped on the shoulder and surrounded by cones at the entrance of a Valero gas station when a 2002 Mitsubishi Montego driven by Zachary M. Krytzer, 27, of Milton 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 he is currently admitted with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and charges are forthcoming. 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 10, 2016

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