Passenger ejected from seat in crash

December 13, 2008 6:04:00 PM PST
Delaware State Police investigate a Saturday afternoon crash. On Saturday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Delaware patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of Route 896 and Cobble Creek Curve.

An investigation revealed that a 1991 Ford Taurus driven by John Newman, 20 of Wilmington was traveling from Cobble Creek Curve to southbound Route 896. A 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by William Satterfield, 31, of Bear was traveling northbound on Route 896.

As the Ford Taurus had a green light and turned left onto southbound Route 896. The Chevrolet Blazer continued through the intersection on a red light causing the vehicles to collide.

Mr. Newman was trapped in his vehicle, and a 22-year-old male rear-seat passenger was ejected and later transported by state police helicopter to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries. Mr. Newman and another passenger in his vehicle were transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Satterfield was also transported to Christiana Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Drug involvement is suspected on the part of Mr. Satterfield.

Seat belt use is unknown at this time.

No citations have been issued as this investigation is ongoing.

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