On July 18, 2004, Corporal Christopher Shea, 31, was tragically killed by a repeat drunk driver offender on Route 1.
A car that had been involved in a hit and run accident just moments before was driving northbound on the southbound side of Route 1.
Corporal Shea was driving into Sussex County and was coming around a bend and tried to avoid the car, that he saw at the last minute but the two cars hit head on.
The collision instantly killed the other driver and Corporal Shea was taken to Milford Memorial and pronounced dead.|
Corporal Shea was first assigned to Troop 5 in Bridgeville, after his appointment to the State Police in July 2000. He was later assigned to Troop 7, Five Points. Corporal Shea had just been promoted to Corporal on the Friday before he died.
Services for Corporal Shea were held on July 22, 2004 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes, Delaware and he was laid to rest in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.