Middletown Police Officer Responding To Pedestrian Crash Injured In Rollover, Two Others To Trauma

Middletown – On Thursday, April 5, 2018 at approximately 2:07 pm the Middletown Police (MPD) responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on Middletown-Odessa Road and Dove Run Blvd.

While responding to the pedestrian collision, a marked MPD vehicle with emergency equipment activated was struck by a blue 2014 Chevrolet Malibu bearing Delaware registration as it entered the intersection of E. Main Street and Catherine Street. The MPD vehicle overturned and then struck a black 2007 Chevrolet Equinox bearing Maryland registration that had stopped while in the west bound lane of E. Main Street prior to N. Catherine Street.

The Equinox was occupied by an operator and passenger. The MPD officer and the operator of the Chevrolet Malibu were transported to Christiana Hospital by Middletown Volunteer Hose Co. and Townsend Fire Co. and both are in stable condition. Both are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both the operator and passenger of the Equinox refused medical attention at the scene.

The preliminary investigation of the collision involving the pedestrian revealed that an adult female, a Middletown-area resident, had safely crossed the west bound lane of Middletown-Odessa Road and then attempted to cross the
east bound lane and was struck by a black 2006 Chevrolet Malibu bearing Delaware registration, operated by an adult Odessa area resident.

The pedestrian, described as being approximately 17-years-old, was originally transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, by the Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation), in serious condition. The teen suffered injuries to her head, abdomen, and leg, according to New castle County Paramedics. She is currently in stable condition.

The departmental vehicle collision investigation is on- going and currently being completed by the New Castle County Police Traffic Services Unit in conjunction with the Middletown Police Department. The Middletown Police are asking for assistance from the public. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to please contact Lt. Christine Brenner at Middletown Police at 302-376- 9950 or the New Castle County Police Traffic Services Unit at 302-395-8171 with any information.

This investigation involving the pedestrian collision is currently on-going and the Middletown Police are asking for assistance from the public. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to please contact Officer John Rauso with any information that you may have at 302-376- 9950 or [email protected].

Original witnesses reports that indicated that four patients were transported from the rollover crash were incorrect.  Witnesses at the scene told us that the officer had been transported but we could not confirm it at the time. The the two additional patients witnesses reported were supposed to have been in the Equinox. That was not the case.

Breaking Report

Middletown – Just after 2:00 this afternoon crews from the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown, along with Middletown Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Silver Lake Road for reports of a pedestrian struck.

One officer, responding to the accident, was involved in a separate accident at the intersection of Route 299 and S Catherine Street. As the patrol vehicle collided with a vehicle, driven by a woman in her 70’s, it rolled twice before coming to rest on the hood of an oncoming passenger car.

Rescue crews responded to the second accident and transported four patients, according to witnesses at the scene. At this time we can only confirm that one patient was transported from that accident.

Crews responding to the first accident found an 18-year-old woman that had been struck by a vehicle, according to reports.

Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation Unit) responded to the scene and transported her to Christiana Hospital with a level 2 trauma alert called.

The woman in her 70’s was transported to Christiana Hospital by ground, also with a Trauma Alert.

It is unclear at this time if the officer sustained any injuries as a result of the accident. We are awaiting an update from officials.

Route 299 remains closed between S Catherine Street and Cleaver Farm Road, as officers continue to investigate, use alternate routes.