New CastleDelaware State Police said on Monday night that they had arrested a man from Delaware who was involved in a hit-and-run incident which claimed the life of an EMS worker.

The suspect, 28-year-old Joseph Taye, was pulled out from his home at Bear, DE at about 9:30 in the evening of Monday by the police to be taken into custody.

Taye was the man believed by the police to be driving the BMW that slammed into a motorcyclist, a police cruiser and an EMS worker whilst responding in an earlier crash at Delaware on Saturday night along Route 13.

The suspect had accusingly left the scene after the accident. The EMS worker, 30-year-old Michelle Smith, was in a critical condition. She was taken to Christiana Hospital where she eventually perished on early Monday morning.

Smith’s EMS unit was heading back when they received a call—which they responded—with regards to a motorcycle crash at Route 13. According to the police, Smith and a police officer was giving assistance to the victim of the motorcycle crash when a BMW crashed into them.

The police officer from New Castle Police was able to dodge out of harm’s way into his cruiser, but for Smith and the motorcyclist, they were not so lucky.

The man that drove the BMW got into a Honda which pulled over at the scene and drove away from the scene, said the authorities.

Charges of manslaughter, 2nd degree assault, driving with a revoked license, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to report a crash was filed against the suspect on Tuesday. A bail of $30,000 was set.
The police are in search for the Honda driver who was an accessory to the escape of the suspect. Anyone with information with regards to the incident is asked by the police to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.TIP.3333.

Smith has a 12 year old daughter which she leaves behind.

Accident victims have rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, wage loss and medical bills. Contact an experienced Delaware car accident lawyer now for a free consultation.


Phone Number Exclusions

contact us today

Start Your Case

Please leave this field empty.





  • 10

    May 26, 2013 Conroe is not a safe place for motorists as shown by the growing number of car crashes. The woman fatality of a three-vehicle crash that injured six others was finally identified by authorities. Among the victims in Montgomery County crash that happened on Thursday were two children and two teens. Authorities of the Department of Public Safety, stated that a 43-year-old female driver identified as Kathie Fleming […]

  • 3

    May 31, 2013 True friends always look after the welfare of each other. This was exactly what Anthony Zachman did when he saved his friend Jay Shideler trapped inside his BMW that was burning. He was able to pull him out to safety. Nineteen –year-old Zachman is a sophomore student at the University of Purdue That Friday afternoon, he was driving southward behind  his 20-year-old friend and Butler University student […]

  • 23

    April 22, 2013 RIVERSIDE , California – Roadways have become racing tracks for irresponsible drivers. Take the case of a 4-year old girl who was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition last Monday. According to the police, the car she was riding in was sideswiped by another car believed to be street racing in Riverside. Riverside police were informed by witnesses that at around 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, they […]

  • 23

    March 28, 2013 Sad news for family, friends and University co-workers of James Diamond, age 74, who met his untimely death  after a car accident this morning. Rabbi Diamond was a retired director in the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University. He was fatally hit while getting inside a Prius at the Riverside Drive today. According to the police, Eric Maltz, age 20 from Princeton was operating his BMW at top […]


Recent Posts