14-year-old charged following five-car crash in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Del. – Delaware State Police say a 14-year-old has been arrested in connection to a crash that injured several people Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., troopers responded to the intersection of Coastal Highway and Slaughter Beach Road for a reported five-car crash. Troopers learned that several vehicles, including a 2017 blue Honda CR-V, had been stopped on northbound Coastal Highway at this intersection for flashing red lights, which indicated that a fire service vehicle was about to enter the roadway. At the time, a black 2023 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway, approaching the CR-V. The driver of the pickup, a 14-year-old boy from Newark, Delaware, reportedly failed to stop and crashed into the back of the CR-V. The impact caused the CR-V to be propelled into a black 2021 BMW X3, which then crashed into a green 2014 Toyota Prius. The Prius then hit a white 2018 Ford F-150.

The driver of the CR-V, a 58-year-old Bethesda man, was taken to an area hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. The front seat passenger, a 23-year-old Bethesda woman, was taken to an area hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver and passenger of the BMW, both 60-year-old Baltimore men, were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Prius, a 65-year-old Pennsylvania woman, refused medical treatment at the scene.

Neither the driver of the F-150, a 56-year-old Aberdeen man, nor the front seat passenger, a 45-year-old Bel Air woman, were injured.

Troopers say they recovered beer bottles from the area outside of the 14-year-old’s truck and detected alcohol coming from his breath. There were two passengers in the truck, a 14-year-old and 16-year-old boy, both of whom were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The 14-year-old was arrested and charged with first degree vehicular assault, five counts of second degree vehicular assault, reckless driving: alcohol or drug related, driving by a minor after consumption of alcohol, driving without a valid license, and disregarding a traffic control device. He was later released to a guardian after posting a $3,801 secured bond.

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