DSP: Distracted driving may be to blame in Seaford crash

Delaware State Police say the driver, who rear-ended a young family stopped at an intersection in Seaford, may have been texting prior to the crash.

The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Woodland Ferry and Bethel Concord Roads. Police say 25-year-old Jeffrey Downes, of Laurel, was driving a Honda Pilot and did not slow down in time before crashing into a stopped Ford Mustang driven by 23-year-old William Davis. Davis and his wife Keisha suffered minor injuries; their 3-year-old son, who was securely fastened in his child safety seat, was unharmed.


Allegedly, Downes was texting while driving. DSP says officers also found some Oxycodone thrown about the inside of Downes’ car. Downes now faces two counts of vehicular assault and driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs, among other charges.

  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

WHYY is your source for fact-based, in-depth journalism and information. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on financial support from readers like you. Please give today.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal