NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE (11/15/2016) Six people were injured in the crash of two SUVs on U.S. 40 west of New Castle, the Delaware State Police said Monday. One of the victims is in critical condition.
The collision was reported at 8:12 p.m. Sunday at the Buckley Boulevard intersection.
Police said one of the SUVs, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, was traveling at high speed after fleeing a hit-and-run crash on southbound Route 1.
The Tahoe was eastbound on U.S. 40 when it struck the right side of a 2005 Jeep Liberty that was turning from westbound U.S. 40.
The driver of the Tahoe, 54-year-old Roy Brown of Wilmington, was trapped in the wreckage until he was extricated by emergency crews. Police said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Brown was treated by New Castle County paramedics and flown by state police helicopter to Christiana Hospital in Stanton with serious injuries.
Police said they suspect alcohol use by Brown was a factor in the crash.
The driver of the Jeep, Mary Kate McGarrity, was taken by ambulance to the hospital with injuries police said were not life-threatening. Police said she also wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
A 20-year-old woman riding in the Jeep was ejected and suffered serious injuries, police said. She also was taken by ambulance to Christiana Hospital.
Three 21-year-old men riding in the Tahoe also were taken by ambulance to Christiana. One was admitted in critical condition. The other two were treated for injuries police said were not life-threatening. Their names were not released.
Police said they are still investigating and asked anyone with information on the crash to call Cpl. Matthew Calio at 302-365-8505.