Delmar, DE - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a single car crash that fatally killed a young child.
The incident occurred Tuesday November 13, 2012 at approximately 2:40 p.m. as Danielle M. Bobak was operating a 2007 Subaru Legacy eastbound on Whitesville Road (SR30) just west of Whaley’s Road. As the Subaru entered into a moderate curve to the left, the passenger’s side wheels drifted off the south side of the roadway. In an attempt to bring the vehicle back on the roadway, Bobak over corrected causing the Subaru to spin in a counter-clockwise manner. The vehicle then exited the north side of the roadway where the front of the car struck a tree spinning the vehicle and rolling it onto the passenger’s side before coming to a stop.
Lleyton Slate, who was seated in the rear center position in a car seat, was partially ejected from the vehicle after it rolled onto its side due to the car seat not being properly secured in the vehicle. He was removed by EMS and initially transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) before being flown to John Hopkins where he was pronounced dead.
Danielle Bobak, who was properly restrained, was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to PRMC where she is currently admitted in serious condition.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. A preliminary investigation suggests alcohol was involved. Whitesville Road in the area of Whaley’s Road was closed for approximately three and a half hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police and Office of Highway Safety want to remind the public to have your car seats checked. Three out of four car seats aren’t installed correctly. Free check stations are offered throughout Delaware and are listed online by visiting http://ohs.delaware.gov/carseat or by contacting the Office of Highway Safety at (302)744-2740.