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Fiery car crash destroys Frederica home

October 21, 2020

A Millsboro man fleeing police in a high-speed chase crashed into a Frederica home Oct. 19, causing a fire that destroyed the structure.

Three adults and three children were in the home at 10:28 p.m. when the car crashed into it. A man who was sleeping at the time of the crash was taken to Christiana Hospital for his injuries after the car crashed within feet of him, according to a Gofundme site set up for the Martz family. The site said the injured adult, who is a relative of the family, was released from the hospital Oct. 20.

Michael A. Robinson, 29, of Millsboro, faces charges after police say he was speeding more than 100 mph on Route 13 in Harrington. An officer in a fully marked police car activated his lights and tried to stop Robinson, but he continued driving toward Killens Pond Road. A Felton police officer deployed stop sticks on Route 13 near Killens Pond Road which flattened the car’s tires, but Robinson continued driving, turning east on Route 12 heading toward Frederica. Police said Robinson continued speeding and turned off the car lights. When he entered Frederica, police said, the car left the roadway in the 100 block of Front Street, crashing into the house, which burst into flames.

The family of five was able to get out of the home with no injuries. Two women who were passengers in the car were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Robinson was evaluated by EMS but refused transport to the hospital. He was arraigned by video phone at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and charged with second-degree assault, eight counts of reckless endangering, disregarding a police officer signal, first-degree vehicular assault, third-degree vehicular assault, and other traffic violations. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $16,605 secured bond. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted with the investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Harrington Police Department at 302-398-4493.

A Gofundme site has been set up to help the victims with their expenses, with a goal of $25,000 at gofundme.com; search “Boe, Jason and the family” to find the page.

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