After being trapped for 45 minutes, the officer was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance in critical condition.
NEWARK, DE (DNTV): Newark Police are investigating a serious crash involving an off-duty Aberdeen, Maryland police officer, after he was struck head-on Sunday May 28, 2023, around 4:30 a.m.
Police say, the crash occurred on Christina Parkway (SR 4), in the vicinity of the Amtrak railroad bridge located east of Elkton Road.
Officers who responded to the scene of the accident discovered two vehicles, each occupied by a single individual, lying in the roadway., police said.
Eyewitness accounts and an investigation at the scene of the crash revealed that a 2008 Toyota Tacoma traveling eastbound on Christina Parkway collided head-on with a westbound 2017 Ford Taurus.
The driver of the Toyota, identified as Johnathan Hendricks, 24, of Middletown, police said, was found to be under the influence of alcohol during the investigation and was consequently charged with Driving Under the Influence. Hendricks was released on his own recognizance for medical treatment.
The driver of the Ford, an Aberdeen, Maryland police officer who was operating an unmarked police vehicle on his way to work that day, remained trapped in his vehicle for about 45 minutes before he was extricated. Police said, he was then transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance in critical condition.
The Newark Police Traffic Unit has launched an investigation into the matter to determine the exact circumstances of the crash. The public is encouraged to help provide information about the incident by contacting M/Cpl W. Aston at (302) 366-7100 x. 3414 or email@example.com.
Additional tips or information can be submitted on the Newark Police tip-page. During the investigation and clearance of the crash, Christina Parkway remained closed for four hours, and various service providers, including Aetna Hose, the Hook & Ladder Company, Christiana Fire Company, Delaware State Police Aviation Section, and New Castle County EMS paramedics supported the Newark Police at the scene.