Two Delaware officers killed in one-vehicle crash

A one-vehicle crash in West Dover, Del.,  in the predawn hours Sunday killed two Dover police officers.

Robert E. DaFonte, 23, of Hartly, and James D. Watts, 22, were in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler that went off the road at a right turn while traveling westbound on Hazlettville Road at 4:05 a.m., Delaware State Police reported. The driver's-side door hit a utility pole, then overturned. DaFonte, the driver, was wearing a seat belt, but Watts was not and was thrown from the vehicle.

The Dover Police Department reported DaFonte had been a member of the department of two years and Watts had been on the Special Enforcement Cadet Unit for six months. 

"Officer Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts were outstanding employees and were committed to serving the citizens of Dover," said Marvin Mailey, the department's deputy chief, in a statement.

State Police were continuing to investigate.