Georgetown – State Police said that Octavio Barrios-Fuentes, 35 of Georgetown, was operating a 2001 Dodge Durango southbound on Donovans Road and failed to negotiate a sharp left curve, on Thursday.
During the incident the Durango drove off the right side of the road and struck a 1999 Buick LeSabre parked in the parking lot of Donovans Salvage, located at 20262 Donovans Road, according to authorities.
Police said the initial impact between the two vehicles caused the LeSabre to rotate violently clockwise and to strike Harvey T. Thornes, 36 of Millsboro, as he was walking by the car, throwing him into a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, which was also parked in the lot.
The LeSabre continued to rotate and strike a parked and detached food trailer that was occupied by Cynthia L. Brown, 50 of Lincoln, causing grease to spill out of the vats onto her, according to investigators. The Dodge Durango came to a stop on the grassy shoulder just south of the initial collision. Police then say that Barrios-Fuentes fled from the Durango down some nearby railroad tracks to a residence in Georgetown where he was taken into custody by troopers and Georgetown Police Department approximately 25 minutes later.
Police said that Harvey Thornes was flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition with undetermined injuries and that Cynthia Brown was airlifted by State Police Aviation to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where she was admitted in stable condition with severe burns.
Octavio Barrios-Fuentes was transported to Troop4 where he was charged with two counts of Vehicular Assault 1st, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Crash, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Without a Valid License, and various other traffic related offenses. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $8,000.00 cash bond.
Donovans Road in the area of the Salvage yard was closed for approximately one hour while the crash was investigated and clear.
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