A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after being ejected from his aunt’s car in a single-vehicle crash east of Delmar.
Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Leyton Slate of Delmar was riding in a car seat that was not properly secured.
The boy was initially taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. before being flown to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead.
Leyton’s aunt, 46-year-old Danielle M. Bobak of Georgetown, was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where she is currently listed in serious condition, Fournier said.
The crash occurred on Whitesville Road, just west of Whaley’s Road, about 2:40 p.m. when Bobak’s eastbound 2007 Subaru Legacy drifted off the south side of the road as the vehicle was entering a moderate curve to the left.
Bobak reportedly overcorrected while attempting to bring the car back onto the roadway, causing the Subaru to spin counter-clockwise. The car exited the north side of the road, where the front end struck a tree, causing the vehicle to roll onto its passenger side.
Slate, who was seated in the center of the backseat, was ejected after the car rolled onto its side.
“A preliminary investigation suggests alcohol was involved,” Fournier said in a statement, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
Whitesville Road in the area of Whaley’s Road was closed for more than three hours as police investigation the crash and cleared the scene.