An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition at A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital

Child in critical condition following Dover crash

An 8-year-old boy has been admitted in critical condition to the A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital following a weekend traffic crash.

The child is suffering from a head injury, Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The crash took place at 6:40 p.m. Sunday at the north entrance to the Blue Hen Corporate Center.

Hoffman said the driver, who he identified as Ashley Shaffer, 31, of Smyrna, was coming up to the intersection when she suddenly swerved to the left and back to the right, causing the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer to turn clockwise and then roll at least three times.

The 8-year-old and two other boys, ages 4 and 5, were thrown from the vehicle, Hoffman said.

None were wearing seatbelts or using car or booster seats, he added.

Shaffer allegedly told police she was changing the radio station as she came up to the intersection and noticed the light had turned red. She swerved to avoid traffic in the intersection, Hoffman said.

The younger children were treated for minor injuries and released from the Bayhealth Hospital/Kent Campus.

Shaffer has been charged with multiple traffic offenses and additional charges may be possible as police continue their investigation, Hoffman said.