Corporal Frances Marie Collender

Corporal Frances Marie Collender

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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Frances Marie Collender

Corporal Frances Collender was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of a previous accident.

Corporal Collender had stopped her patrol car behind a van that was disabled in the travel lane on Route 1 near Odessa, Delaware. As she was standing next to her patrol car, her car was struck from behind by another vehicle. Corporal Collendar was pinned against the front of her car. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries approximately two hours later. The driver of the vehicle that struck her vehicle was not charged in connection with the accident.

Corporal Collender had served with the Delaware State Police for 4 years. She is survived by her two daughters and parents.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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Hard to beleive it's been 21 years Franny. I did not know you but was the supervisor on scene for NCCPD's Southern Patrol Unit. The stark reality of you in uniform has never left me and is one of the reasons I started participation in the Police Unity Tour. I have participated for 18 years now and head up Chapter IX of the Police Unity Tour. I know your mom and 1st met your daughter when she was at the candlelight vigil with your mom, and guess what - she participated with us last year and even rode into the Memorial!!!! She is back again and part of our family. A family that never forgets.

Retired SSGT. Kathleen Riddell
New Castle County Police

March 24, 2022

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