A 49-year-old Maryland man has been charged with fifth DUI after a serious crash Aug. 26 near Tanger Outlets on Route 1.
Troopers responded to the crash about 11:20 p.m., north of Holland Glade Road.
The investigation revealed a 2019 Toyota Rav4 operated by a 61-year-old man from Rehoboth Beach was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway. A 2016 Volkswagen Passat was also traveling northbound on Coastal Highway approaching the Toyota. For unknown reasons, the Volkswagen operated by William F. Williams of Edgewood, Md., failed to observe the Toyota ahead of him. As a result, the front of his vehicle struck the rear of the Toyota. After impact, the Toyota traveled off the west edge of the northbound lanes, across the grass median and completely across the southbound lanes before exiting the west edge of the southbound lanes where it came to rest after striking a concrete curb. The Volkswagen continued traveling north and came to rest in the northbound center lane.
The operator of the Rav4 sustained critical injuries and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital.
The right front passenger in the Rav4 was a 59-year-old male from Rehoboth Beach. He was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries.
The rear seat passenger in the Rav4 was a 60-year-old male from Rehoboth Beach. He refused treatment on scene.
Williams was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. A computer inquiry revealed Williams has four previous DUI convictions.
Williams was charged with fifth offense DUI (felony), first-degree vehicular assault (felony), second-degree vehicular assault, failure to have required insurance, driving vehicle at unreasonable speed and inattentive driving.
He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $30,002 cash bond.
The traffic on northbound Route 1 was closed for about three hours and southbound was restricted to one lane during the investigation and cleanup.