A 19-year-old Middletown man and his three passengers were injured – one critically – Tuesday in two-car crash on Del. Route 1 near New Castle.
The crash occurred just north of U.S. Route 40 about 1:10 p.m. when 54-year-old New Castle resident James T. Holland began driving his 1995 Jeep Wrangler backwards on southbound Route 1, according to police.
The Jeep struck the driver’s side of a southbound 1998 Audi A4 driven by Michael Sterrett of Middletown, sending both vehicles off of the roadway, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day said.
Sterrett was treated at Christiana Hospital for a head injury, while two of his 19-year-old passengers – Robert F. Dina and Patrick S. Baum, both of Bear – were treated for minor injuries.
A third passenger – 19-year-old Douglas M. DisSabatino of Bear – was admitted to the hospital with critical injuries, Day said.
Holland also was critically injured in the crash and had to be resuscitated by witnesses and emergency medical responders before being taken to Christiana Hospital, Day said.
All five people injured in the crash were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, he said.
State police are continuing to investigate the crash and it is not known at this time why Holland was driving in reverse on Route 1, Day said.
Southbound lanes on Route 1 were closed for about two hours while police investigated and cleared the crash scene.