A Lewes man died Wednesday, July 14 when he pulled out in front of a tractor-trailer on Route 13 north of Seaford.
According to Delaware State Police reports, a 2002 Buick LeSabre operated by Anthony Cocuzza, 79, of Lewes, was traveling eastbound at about 5:10 p.m. on Sussex Road 46, off of Route 13-A, at the intersection of Route 13. A 1995 Ford tractor-trailer operated by Walter Ballard, 45, of Freemont, Ind., was traveling southbound on Route 13, in the right lane, approaching the intersection of Sussex Road 46.
Cocuzza, who had been stopped at a stop sign, apparently did not see the tractor-trailer and pulled out onto Route 13 southbound in front of it. The front of the tractor then struck the driver's door of the LeSabre.
Cocuzza, who had been wearing his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cocuzza’s wife, Concetta Vitale, 71, who had been seated in the front passenger seat, was admitted to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, with multiple trauma.
Cocuzza’s sister, Marion Richmond, 72, of Millbury, Maine, who had been seated in the backseat, was also transported to Nanticoke with multiple fractures, and was later transferred to Christiana Hospital, Stanton.
Both passengers had been wearing their seatbelts.
Ballard, who had been wearing his seatbelt, refused medical treatment.
The trailer was empty at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.