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Police: DUI Suspected In Serious Crash

Bridgeville – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a serious crash involving three vehicles that occurred early Wednesday evening south of Bridgeville, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier

Fournier said that at around 5:43 p.m. Wednesday November 30, 2016 as James S. Wright, 65 of Bridgeville, was operating a 2016 Jeep Wrangler eastbound in the westbound lane of Heritage Drive within the Heritage Shores development.

Brittany Hastings, 17 of Seaford, was operating a 2004 Volkswagen Bug northbound on Sussex Highway (US 13) in the left lane approaching the entrance to Heritage Shores just ahead of a 2006 Chevrolet 2500 series work truck being operated by Normand Saurette, 72 of Bridgeville, also northbound in the left lane, according to Fournier

The Jeep crossed over the south bound lanes of US 13 and entered the US 13 northbound left turn lane for Heritage Shores Drive traveling the wrong direction, said Fournier. The Jeep immediately pulled into the northbound left lane traveling southbound striking the left side of the Volkswagen.

The left front of the Jeep then struck the left front of the Chevy pickup for a near head-on impact within the left lane.  The pickup continued northbound at which point the front of the truck struck the right rear of the Volkswagen in the left lane.

This impact forced the Volkswagen Bug to rotate counter-clockwise as it slid northbound before coming to a stop in the northbound right lane facing southbound.  The Chevy pickup was redirected across the grass median and came to rest in the southbound lanes facing west.  The Jeep Wrangler came to a stop in the center median crossover for Heritage Shores Drive just west of the northbound left turn lane.

James Wright, who was properly restrained, was removed from the scene by EMS and initially transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital before being taken by ambulance to Christiana Medical Center where he was admitted in serious condition.

Brittany Hastings and her two teenage passengers were all properly restrained and transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Norman Saurette was not properly restrained and was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident.  Fournier said that Alcohol appears to be a factor on behalf of Wright and charges may be forthcoming.  US 13 northbound and southbound lanes were closed between Cannon Road and Seashore Highway (SR404) for four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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