The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that injured a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning and are now looking for another passenger who was apparently injured.
Troopers responded to the area of Saw Mill Road south of Pine Road near Ellendale about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, for a reported single-vehicle crash.
DSP officials said that when troopers arrived, they discovered a severely damaged Ford Escort off the west side of the roadway alongside a tree. Their investigation determined that the Escort was traveling southbound on Saw Mill Road when it entered a sharp left curve and failed to negotiate the turn. It left the west edge of the road and struck a tree.
Two of the three occupants – the 17-year-old driver and a 15-year-old passenger – were transported to Milford Hospital by family members prior to police arrival, police said. Troopers learned that the 15-year-old had suffered severe injuries and was later flown to Christiana Hospital, where he was admitted.
Investigators said they also learned a third passenger, Jose L. Roblero, 18, of Georgetown, had also been injured in the crash. Apparently, when family members arrived to take the other two to the hospital, Roblero – who had a laceration on his head – refused to go to the hospital and walked away from the scene.
Investigators said Monday morning that Roblero had not returned home since the crash and that they were concerned for his welfare because of the injury he reportedly sustained. Police have listed Roblero as a missing person after checking the area of the crash with K-9’s, troopers and a DSP helicopter.
Roblero is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, with medium skin, brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing tan jeans, a white hoodie and orange-and-white Nike sneakers.
The 17-year-old driver was arrested for Vehicular Assault 2nd, Driving without a License and other traffic offenses. He was released on a $250 unsecured bond and turned over to his parents.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jose L. Roblero is being asked to call investigators at Troop 7 at 644-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. No photograph of Roblero was available.