Driver faces DUI, drug charges after I-95 toll booth crash


NEWARK, DELAWARE (3/17/2016) A man is facing DUI and drug charges after a crash at the Newark toll plaza on Interstate 95 that sent four people to a hospital, the Delaware State Police said this morning.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes about 7:15 p.m.

Police said Matt Rude, 31, of McLean, Virginia, was driving a 2000 Cadillac sedan and failed to stop as he entered the toll booth area, striking the rear of a 2003 Dodge Durango SUV in front of him. The Durango then struck two occupied toll booths and the rear of a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban SUV.

Debris from the crash also struck a 2012 Hyundai, driven by Suhaiylah Williams, 37, of Princeton, New Jersey, that was stopped in an adjacent lane.

A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Cadillac was treated for a possible head injury, back and abdominal pain before being taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Stanton in serious but stable condition, said Sgt. Abigail E. Haas of New Castle County paramedics.

A 51-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Durango was trapped in the vehicle until extricated by firefighters in about 15 minutes, Haas said.  She was treated for possible internal injuries, then taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital in Stanton in stable condition.

The driver of the Durango, Toney Manuel, 54, of Orlando, Florida, and the driver of the Suburban, John Mitchell, 46, of Charlottesville, Virginia, were both taken to Christiana with injuries not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

No other injuries were reported.

Rude was cited by troopers with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Driving, Operating a Vehicle at an Unreasonable Speed, Reckless Driving, Inattentive Driving, and No Proof of Motor Vehicle Insurance. Bond was set at $500 secured and $3,000 unsecured. He was being held at Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.


4 hurt in crash at I-95 toll plaza