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Crash Sends Two Children To Hospital, Driver Charged With DUI Released On Unsecured Bail

Georgetown – The Delaware State Police have charged 29-year-old Ryan Loughman, of Springfield, Massachusetts., with multiple counts of vehicular assault stemming from a motor vehicle crash that took place in Georgetown, Saturday evening, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 7:17 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019, on southbound U.S. 113 in the area of Deer Forest Road in Georgetown. A 1997 Ford Explorer, operated by a 26-year-old Ellendale man was stopped at a red light on southbound U.S. 113 in the right lane, when he was struck from behind by a 2018 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, which was being driven by Loughman. After the impact, the Explorer came to rest in the median, after overturning onto its left side. The F-150 came to rest in the roadway.

The driver of the Explorer was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries, a 6-year-old passenger in his vehicle was transported to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children with serious injuries.

Loughman, who was determined to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash was not injured. A 7-year-old passenger in his vehicle was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries.

Loughman was transported to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:

Vehicular Assault 1st Degree
Vehicular Assault 3rd Degree (2 counts)
DUI (drugs)
Endangering the Welfare of a Child while DUI
Following Too Closely
No Proof of Insurance
No Proof of Registration
Loughman was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #3 and released on $4810.00 unsecured bail.

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