Del. man facing charges after child seriously injured in Dover crash

Oliver Barnes, 39, of Ellendale

A man is in custody after police say he was involved in a crash that resulted in injuries for himself, and it left a child in critical condition, in Dover. 

The Dover Police Department says on Thursday, just before 7:30 PM, a serious motor vehicle accident happened in the area of Bay Road and Blue Hen Boulevard (northbound). Police say a 35-year-old woman was driving a Toyota Camry and stopped behind a Ford F-150 truck at a red light, on Bay Road at the Blue Hen Blvd. intersection. Officers report that the woman's 10-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle at the time.

According to the report, at that time, 39-year-old Oliver Barnes, of Ellendale, was approaching the woman's vehicle at at a high rate of speed in a red Pontiac Grand Prix. Officers report that Barnes then hit the back of the victims's vehicle, pushing it around the truck that was stopped in front of it. The victim's vehicle was reportedly pushed into the southbound turn lane. police report that Barnes vehicle also hit the back of the truck. 

According to authorities, the 10-year-old child suffered serious head trauma and she was flown to A.I. Dupont Children's Hospital after emergency surgery at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital. the child remains in critical condition. No one in the truck was injured as a result for the crash.

The 35-year-old mother was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for a head injury and was released.

Dover PD says Barnes was admitted to BayHealth Kent General Hospital with a spinal injury. Law enforcement reports that The 39-year-old was was intoxicated at the time of the accident and speed is also a factor in the crash.

Barnes was arraigned at the hospital and committed to the Delaware Department of Correction on $5,150 cash bond.

He is charged with DUI, vehicular assault first degree, vehicular assault second degree, driving while suspended (license), and reckless driving.

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