Driver critically injured in Beach Highway crash

ELLENDALE – High speed and alcohol are probable factors in an early-morning crash Jan. 12 in which a 21-year-old man was critically injured.

The crash occurred at about 1:02 a.m. on Beach Highway (SR 16) involving a 2002 Nissan Altima, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Investigation revealed the operator was eastbound on Beach Highway at a high rate of speed when he approached a moderate curve. The vehicle went off the road, struck a utility pole and flipped several times. The driver, who was not restrained, was ejected.

The vehicle came to a rest on its wheels in an open farm field.

The driver was removed by EMS and initially transported to the Beebe Medical Center and subsequently transferred to Christiana Hospital in critical condition, Cpl. Jaffe said.

State police did not release the name of the driver.

Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. Alcohol and a high rate of speed are considered to be factors in the crash, Cpl. Jaffe said.

SR 16 approximately a half mile west of Reynolds Pond Road was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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