Driver In Yesterday’s Newark High Speed Crash Charged

Newark – Yesterday, May 3, at 1:40 p.m. a blue Honda Civic was northbound on Elkton Road approaching Otts Chapel Road. The Civic went into the bicycle lane to avoid a rear end collision with traffic that was stopped at the intersection at a steady red signal, according to Newark Police Spokesman Lt. Fred Nelson.

Nelson said the Civic proceeded through the red light and struck a blue Chevrolet Camaro turning left onto Otts Chapel Road. The Camaro was then pushed into a silver Hyundai Elantra stopped at the red light on Otts Chapel Road.

A vehicle tire from one of the vehicles struck the electric box at the intersection, causing the traffic lights to go out. All three vehicles were towed from the scene.

The driver of the Civic, Brandon Eckman 30-years-old, of North East, and a passenger of his vehicle as well as the driver of the Camaro were transported to Christiana Hospital by ambulance and treated for possible internal injuries.

Officers also determined that Eckman went through a red light at Elkton Road and McIntire Lane prior to the collision, according to Nelson.

Eckman was charged with Reckless Driving, Aggressive Driving, Vehicle Must Stop on Red Light (2 counts), Speed Greater than Reasonable and Driving Off Roadway, Main Traveled Portion/Lanes, all traffic violations.

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