Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Saturday night at Old Baltimore Pike, according to Public Information Officer Sergeant India Sturgis.
Sturgis said on May 14, 2022, at approximately 9:55 p.m., a 2019 Honda Ruckus, moped, driven by a 40-year-old Newark man, was traveling east on Old Baltimore Pike and approaching the intersection. at Aspen Drive. A 2009 Honda Accord, driven by Charles Entzminge, 37, of Newark, was traveling westbound on Old Baltimore Pike and also approaching the intersection of Aspen Drive.
The Honda Accord then pulled into the left turn lane and came to a complete stop before attempting to turn onto Aspen Drive. The Honda Accord then turned left and crossed paths with the Honda Ruckus, according to Sturgis. The driver of the Ruckus rolled the vehicle onto its right side and it began to slide on the road. The Ruckus then collided with the right side of the Honda and came to rest there. The Honda Accord traveled a short distance before coming to a stop on Aspen Drive.
The driver of the Honda Ruckus was wearing a helmet and was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Victim identification is pending notification of next of kin.
Entzminger was properly restrained and reported no injuries at the time of the collision, Sturgis said. A preliminary state police investigation suggests alcohol was involved according to Sturgis.
He was charged with the following crimes:
Second-degree driving homicide (felony)
Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol
Failure to yield right of way
Failure to have required insurance
He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court No. 11, where he was committed to the Howard R Young Correctional Institute on a guaranteed bond of $6,501.
Old Baltimore Pike between Walther Road and Salem Church Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and the roadway was cleared.
Correction: Troopers earlier reported that Entzmingere was released on a guaranteed bond of $6,501. Court records show he was taken into custody at Howard Young at 9:23 a.m. Sunday morning after this story was published. The soldiers explained why they initially said he had been released.