17-Year-Old Seriously Injured After Vehicle Hits Tree, NARCAN Administered

Seaford – The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that occurred Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at approximately 1:04 p.m. when troopers responded to Hastings Farm Road in the area of Old Furnace Road for a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon the Trooper’s arrival, EMS units were attempting to remove the driver from a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. It was reported the black SUV went off the road and struck a tree, said Director of Public Information Office, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

The vehicle was traveling westbound on Hastings Farm Road and exited the south side of the road and struck an electrical phone box with its front right bumper, according to Director of Public Information Office, Sergeant Richard Bratz. The vehicle continued to travel in a south-west direction and sideswiped a tree with its side and then rotated counterclockwise.

The driver of the Traverse, a 17-year-old of Greenwood, was initially transported by ambulance to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was later transferred to the Christiana Hospital due to the serious injuries. Bratz said the teen was not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the collision.

During the investigation, the trooper noticed an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle, according to Bratz. During their treatment of the patient, EMS personnel administered NARCAN to the driver, added Bratz.

The operator is facing the following charges; Driving Under the Influence-Drugs, Out of State Vehicle-Fail to have Insurance and Failure to Remain within a Single Lane.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Hastings Farm Road in the area of the crash was closed while the crash was investigated and cleared.


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