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Troopers Investigating Vehicle Crash With Injuries – Update


Date Posted: Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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Newark – The Delaware State Police continue to investigate a two vehicle crash in which two people were injured that occurred yesterday evening on I-95 in Newark.

The investigation thus far has determined that the crash happened at approximately 6:49 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, September 16, 2017, as Beth R. Brooks, 46, of Aston, PA, was operating a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix and was traveling in a northbound direction in the left-center lane of I-95 in the area of the Welcome Center. For an unknown reason, Brooks swerved her vehicle to the right and left the roadway, striking a metal guard rail. The Pontiac then re-entered the roadway and crossed two lanes of traffic before striking a 2016 Honda Civic which was traveling northbound on I-95 in the center lane, and which was being operated by a 33-year-old Bear, DE man. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway.

Beth Brooks was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. She was then transported by EMS to the Christiana Hospital where she was treated for her minor injuries. Brooks was subsequently arrested by troopers and charged with Vehicular Assault 2nd Degree, DUI, Aggressive Driving, and several other traffic offenses. She was arraigned at JP Court 11 and committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution in default of $2000.00 secured bail. A mug-shot photo of Brooks is not available at this time.

The male operator of the Honda was not injured. A 28-year-old female passenger and a 10 day old infant passenger in the Honda were treated at the scene by Paramedics before being transported by EMS to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children with minor injuries.

The northbound lanes of I-95 at the Welcome Center were partially restricted for approximately 1.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Released: 091717 1730

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