Multi-vehicle collision critically injures Frankford man

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred north of Frankford.

According to police, around 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, as Maria De Lourdez Rios-Ochoas, 39, of Dagsboro was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy eastbound on Swamp Road and came to a complete stop for a posted stop sign at the intersection of DuPont Boulevard (Route 113).

Police said Rios-Ochoas then pulled into the southbound lanes in an attempt to cross the highway and came into the path of a southbound 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe being operated by a 25-year-old Frankford man. The front of the Santa Fe struck the left side of the Envoy in the left southbound lane, which caused the Envoy to rotate counter-clockwise and come to a stop in the northbound left-turn lane, according to the DSP.

They said the Santa Fe also rotated counter-clockwise and came to a stop in the center of the southbound lanes. A 32-year-old Frankford man who was a passenger in the Santa Fe then exited the vehicle and was standing on the right side of the now-disabled vehicle when a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven by a 42-year-old Fruitland, Md., woman was traveling southbound in the right lane, approaching the vehicle in the roadway.

Police said the front of the Trailblazer then struck the left rear of the Santa Fe, forcing it to rotate counter-clockwise, causing the right rear of the Santa Fe to strike the man and knock him to the ground. The Trailblazer came to a stop in the center of the southbound lanes, with the left side still in contact with the right side of the Santa Fe.

The man was removed from the scene by EMS and initially transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., before being transferred to Baltimore Shock Trauma where he was admitted in critical condition, DSP officials said.

Rios-Ochoas was properly restrained and was uninjured, police said. Her two children, an 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, were also properly restrained and were uninjured, they noted.

The driver of the Santa Fe was properly restrained and transported by EMS to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH), where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released, according to the DSP. The driver of the Trailblazer was also properly restrained and was transported by EMS to AGH, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

The investigation into the collision was ongoing this week, and charges were pending. Alcohol is not a factor in this incident, police said. Southbound Route 113 at Swamp Road was closed for approximately three and a half hours as troopers investigated and cleared the crash.