Four-Car Accident in Seaford, Delaware, Sends Seven to Hospital

Four-Car Accident in Seaford, Delaware, Sends Seven to HospitalOn the afternoon of Thursday, July 21, around 3:45 p.m., a driver in Seaford, Delaware, allegedly ran a red light and caused a four-car accident, reports. After the crash, seven people were sent to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to have their injuries treated, namely, bruises and back strains. Thankfully, none of their injuries were critical or life-threatening.

34-year-old Melinda S. Nichols was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck right at the intersection of eastbound Route 20 and northbound U.S. Route 13 when she is said to have failed to stop properly at the intersection, according to the news source.

Delaware State Police reported that her truck then hit another Chevrolet truck, which was set spinning. This truck then hit another truck that was stopped on Route 20. This third vehicle was pushed into a Toyota Camry, according to

More specifically, according to, Nichols’ 1995 Chevrolet hit 45 year-old Michael Mahetta’s 2000 Chevrolet Silvado, which hit Francis Lecates’ 2001 Chevrolet pickup. The final car, the 1994 Camry, belonged to 39-year-old Jean Sainphard of Bridgeville. Mahetta hails from Seaford and Lecates from Laurel in Delaware.

Nichols was later released on her own recognizance and she will be charged with failure to stop at a red light, according to the news source.

In the state of Delaware, middle-aged drivers between the ages of 25 and 54 were responsible for the greatest number of car crashes – 55 percent – in 2009. They were involved in 58 percent of fatal car crashes as drivers, and 47 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the Office of Highway Safety of the State of Delaware. Every 28 minutes, a traffic crash was reported in the state, as well, and 118 people were killed in 102 fatal crashes in 2009 alone.