DELMAR, Del.- Delaware State Police say a 2-year-old boy died in a single-vehicle crash that occurred east of Delmar on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators said that at around 2:40 p.m., 46-year-old Danielle M. Bobak of Georgetown was driving a 2007 Subaru Legacy eastbound on Whitesville Road (SR 30) just west of Whaley's Road.
According to police, as the Subaru entered into a moderate curve to the left, the passenger's side wheels drifted off the south side of the roadway. Investigators said that in an attempt to bring the vehicle back on the roadway, Bobak over-corrected, causing the Subaru to spin in a counter-clockwise manner. Police said the vehicle then went off 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.
Troopers said Bobak's nephew, 2-year-old Lleyton Slate of Delmar, Del., 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. The child was removed by EMS and initially transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., before being flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead.
Staff at Stepping Stones Early Learning Center in Salisbury said Slate had just enrolled in September. Lorraine Crippen, Slate's teacher, told WBOC the young boy was home sick on Tuesday.
"He was a wonderful little boy, so lovable," Crippen said. "He will be missed."
Barbara Brittingham, the manager of the early learning center, said Slate lit up the room with his smile.
"I am going to miss his daily hugs," Brittingham said. "He was vibrant. His eyes danced. He lit the room up when he smiled. He was a nice young man, a nice little boy, and somebody that we will dearly, dearly miss."
Investigators said 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 DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate the crash. According to police, 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.
DSP and the state Office of Highway Safety want to remind the public to have their car seats checked. Three out of four car seats are not installed correctly, according to police. 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.
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