REHOBOTH BEACH — Delaware State Police charged a Lewes man with vehicular assault and third offense DUI in connection with a car crash involving a moped that resulted in a critical injury Friday night.
Police spokesman Senior Cpl. Jason Hatchell said the crash occurred at 7:37 p.m. when a 2005 Honda Element being driven by Matthew Gleason, 46, was traveling southbound on Bayside Outlet Drive approaching the intersection of Shuttle Road with a posted stop sign.
Cpl. Hatchell said that at the same time, a 2008 Yamaha YW5 moped being driven by a 34-year-old Lewes man was traveling westbound on Shuttle Road in a group of about seven mopeds, approaching the intersection of Bayside Outlet Drive. For unknown reasons, Mr. Gleason failed to remain stopped and entered the intersection directly in front of the group of mopeds.
As a result, the front of one of the mopeds impacted the passenger side of the Honda. After the collision, the moped rolled onto its side and came to a rest in the middle of the intersection with the driver still seated on it. The other mopeds were able to safely avoid the collision.
Cpl. Hatchell said the moped driver was not wearing a helmet. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Christiana Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday. Mr. Gleason was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
Further investigation determined that Mr. Gleason was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and a subsequent computer check revealed that he had two prior DUI convictions.
Mr. Gleason was taken to Troop 7 in Lewes and charged with first-degree vehicular assault (felony), third offense DUI (felony) and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $5,050 cash bond.
The intersection of Shuttle Road and Bayside Outlet Drive was closed for around three hours while the crash was being investigated.