Delaware Firefighter Hit at Crash Scene Dies

A volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver who was struck by a car on the side of U.S. 13 near New Castle on Saturday night has died, fire and police officials said today.

Michelle Smith, a Delaware City Fire Company volunteer, was on the ground Saturday, assisting the victim of a motorcycle accident on U.S. 13 at School Lane, when both were struck by a BMW.

According to state police, after Smith arrived at the accident, a New Castle County police officer came to the scene to provide further assistance and pulled his car to the side of the road.

As he opened his door, the officer noticed a 2004 BMW 760 speeding in his direction and quickly got back into his car to avoid being struck.

The BMW sideswiped the officer's car, police said, then struck Smith and motorcycle-accident victim Edward Reiss, 30. of New Castle.

Police are looking for the BMW's driver, who they said abandoned the car after the collision and fled by jumping into another car that drove off.

Smith and Reiss were taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment. Reiss remained in critical condition today.

Police initially had described Smith as an emergency medical technician, but officials today clarified that she was a volunteer firefighter who was driving the ambulance the night of the accident.

Republished with permission of The News Journal

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation for Firefighter Smith will be held Sunday, Jan. 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Delaware City Fire Company Memorial Hall, 815 Fifth Street, Delaware City, Del.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Hall.

An honors procession will immediately follow to the Odd Fellows Cemetery, 420 S. DuPont Blvd. in Smyrna, where she will be interred.