Three are killed instantly; driver charged with DUI

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday, Dec. 23, at 8:40 p.m. at the intersection of US 113 and Route 20 near Millsboro. The right front passenger has been identified as Aguilar Alejandro-Gomez, 50, of Milford. The left rear passenger has been identified as Braulio Alcantara-Hernandez (no age given) of Bridgeville. The right rear passenger has been identified as Bacilides Melgar-Alday, 30, of Bridgeville. Warrants were filed for Martiniano Martinez-Alday, 53, of Milford, the driver of the Kia Sephia, for three counts of Vehicular Homicide, one count of Vehicular Assault 1st, one count of Vehicular Assault 2nd, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Disregarding a Red Light, and No Valid License. Martinez-Alday was admitted to Christiana Emergency Center for observation. He was later released and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution under $25,000 bail. Investigators said that a 1999 Infiniti QX4 sports utility vehicle was traveling south in the right lane of US 113 approaching a green light at the intersection with Delaware Route 20. As the Infiniti approached the intersection, a 2000 Kia Sephia, traveling west on Route 20, ran the red light, crossed the northbound lanes of US 113, and entered the southbound lanes in the path of the Infiniti. The center front of the Infiniti struck the passenger side of the Kia. Following the crash, the three male passengers of the Kia were pronounced dead at the scene as a result of their injuries. The Infiniti was driven by Scott A. Hoover, 36, of Fanwood, NJ. Hoover was treated and released from Beebe Hospital for bruises to his arms and chest. His right front passenger was his wife, Adriana Hoover, 42, who was admitted to Beebe for broken ribs. Their 11-year old son, seated in the right rear, was not injured. All occupants were seat belted. The Kia was driven by Martiniano Martinez-Alday, 53, of Milford. Martinez-Alday was flown to Christiana Emergency Center where he is being treated for minor injuries. Investigators believe that only the driver and right front passenger were seat belted. The southbound lanes of US Route 113 as well as all lanes of Delaware Route 20 in the area of the crash were closed for three hours during the investigation.

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