Newark – The Delaware State Police are investigating a pedestrian crash that occurred at the intersection of (SR 72) Sunset Lake Road and Old Baltimore Pike this past weekend, according to State Police.
Officials said the incident occurred around 1:55 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 as David L. Parrett was operating a 2006 Hyundai Sonata westbound on Old Baltimore Pike approaching the intersection of Sunset Lake Road (SR 72).
At this location and time there was an active accident investigation ensuing where two motor vehicles were both disabled in the middle of the intersection. Additionally, in the middle of the intersection, was a tow truck and a marked patrol vehicle with their emergency equipment lights activated investigating the crash. Parrett continued through the intersection and subsequently struck the rear end of a black passenger car that was disabled from the previous accident, according to officials.
As the front end of Parrett’s vehicle struck the rear end of the black passenger car, the force pushed the black passenger car forward and ultimately striking the tow truck driver which knocked him off of his feet and forcefully threw him backwards, according to Troopers. The tow truck driver sustained serious injuries as a result of being thrown to the ground. Parrett’s vehicle then continued forward and struck the driver side of the tow truck before ultimately coming to a stop.
The 40 year-old-male tow truck driver was transported to the Christiana Hospital by EMS personnel for further treatment for his injuries.
After contact was made with David L. Parrett, several preliminary indicators were detected and a DUI investigation ensued. He was transported to Troop 2 where he was subsequently arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Inattentive Driving and Vehicular Assault 2nd Degree. Parrett was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 11 and issued an unsecured bond.
Newark – Early Sunday Morning, at approximately 1:30 am, as Delaware State Troopers and a tow truck operator were clearing an accident at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and S Chapel Street (Route 72) a driver plowed into the accident scene, according to witness Shannon Lynn.
Lynn said she was driving with her boyfriend on Old Baltimore Pike when a car traveling at a high rate of speed passed them. “Right when we passed the accident the car that slammed into the tow truck, flew by us at high speeds, my boyfriend watched it slam into one of the vehicles involved, before slamming into the tow truck and the tow truck driver”, said Lynn.
Troopers have yet to release information regarding the initial crash or the subsequent crash that led to the tow truck operator’s injuries but the New Castle County Paramedics did release a short statement on Sunday morning. Paramedic First Class Yvonne Russell said “upon arrival, New Castle County Paramedics found the patient, 40-year-old male, in care of emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) from Christiana Fire Company. The patient suffered injuries to his head and had body-wide abrasions.
The patient was treated on scene for his injuries before being transported to Christiana Hospital via Christiana Fire Company ambulance accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. The patient was in stable condition at the time of transport, said Russell.
After the impact, Lynn returned to the scene and began to document what she was seeing with her phone. Her video shows the tow truck operator being helped by Troopers, while other Troopers appear to place the driver of the car under arrest.
Lynn said that she believed that the driver was given a test by the Troopers before he was handcuffed and placed into the Troopers vehicle.
No one was hurt in the original accident, according to Lynn. The original accident involved a driver and a passenger but they were both okay, added Lynn.