A 10-year-old girl suffered permanent damage.

A 39-year-old Ellendale man will face two to 25 years in prison after a Dover accident that severely injured a 10-year-old girl.

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Oliver Barnes failed to stop for a red light at Bay Road and Blue Hen Boulevard, striking two cars already waiting at the light and causing head injuries to both the 10-year-old and her mother. The child suffered permanent damage.

At the time of crash, Barnes had a blood alcohol content of .25, more than three times the legal limit. He was charged with reckless driving, driving while suspended, DUI, second-degree vehicular assault and first-degree vehicular assault. 

Deputy Attorney General Stephen Smith was able to secure a guilty plea from Barnes on charges of first-degree assault and DUI, the punishment for which is two to 25 years in prison. Barnes will be sentenced in September.

He is currently serving a two-year sentence for fourth-degree rape.