Frankford man critically injured in multi-vehicle incident

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FRANKFORD – A Frankford man was critically injured Thursday evening when he was knocked to the ground during a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 113.
Carlos Cortez, 32, was removed from the scene by EMS and initially transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury before being transferred to Baltimore Shock Trauma where he is admitted in critical condition, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Investigation revealed .Maria De Lourdez Rios-Ochoas, 39, of Dagsboro was operating a 2004 GMC Envoy eastbound on Swamp Road and came to a complete stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 113. Shen then pulled into the southbound lanes in an attempt to cross the highway and into the path of a southbound 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe being operated by Jose Cortez-Rodriguez, 25, of Frankford.
The Santa Fe struck the left side of the Envoy, which came to a stop in the northbound left turn lane. The Santa Fe came to a stop in the center of the southbound lanes.

Mr. Cortez, a passenger in the Sante Fe, got out of the vehicle and was standing on the right side of the now disabled vehicle when a southbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by Kimberly Wright, 42, of Fruitland, MD, struck the left rear of the Santa Fe. The impact caused the right rear of the Santa Fe to strike Carlos Cortez and knock him to the ground.
Maria De Lourdez Rios-Ochoas was properly restrained and was uninjured. Her two children – son, age 8, and daughter, age 6- were also properly restrained and uninjured.
Jose Cortez-Rodriguez was properly restrained and transported to Atlantic General Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
Kimberly Wright was properly restrained and transported by EMS to Atlantic General where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is on-going and charges are pending; alcohol is not a factor in this incident., Cpl. Fournier said.

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