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Troopers Investigating Crash Involving Wrong Way Driver-I-95 Wilmington


Date Posted: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are investigating a crash that occurred early Tuesday morning that involved a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-95.

Jamin TAYLOR

The investigation has determined that at approximately 1:23 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, a 2018 Kia, operated by Jamin Taylor, 30, of Newark, was traveling southbound in the I-95 northbound left lane of travel, just north of the MLK Blvd. off-ramp. A 2006 Mercury Marquis, being driven by a 32 year old Wilmington man, was traveling I-95 northbound also in the left lane, and observed a vehicle coming directly at him. Due to other traffic on the roadway he could not change lanes and in turn was struck head on by the Kia.

The driver of the Mercury was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Neither impairment nor improper driving are contributing factors on his behalf.

Taylor was also transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation did determine that Taylor was impaired at the time of the crash and was subsequently charged with the following offenses:

  • Vehicular Assault 1st Degree
  • DUI Alcohol
  • Fail to Drive in Proper Lane and Direction
  • Fail to Remain in Single Lane

Taylor was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #2 and then committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $3102.00 secured bail.

I-95 northbound at MLK Blvd. was closed for approximately 1.5 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

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Released:020519 1722

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