Troopers: 9-Year-Old Girl Succumbs To Her Injuries, Driver Identified And Arrested

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Seaford- The Delaware State Police have identified and arrested the driver in connection with a fatal pedestrian hit and run crash, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said through investigative measures, Troopers located the operator of the Mazda, 21-year-old Dwayne R. McConnell of Seaford. On Monday, April 16, 2018, McConnell was charged with Operation of a Vehicle Causing Death of Another Person, Inattentive Driving, Leaving Scene of a Collision Resulting in Death, Failure to Report a Collision Resulting in Injury or Death, and Possession of Marijuana. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $6,151.00 unsecured bond.

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Seaford- The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit and run crash involving a 9-year-old child, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the preliminary investigation indicates the crash occurred on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at approximately 5:05 p.m. as a white, 2002 Mazda Protégé was traveling northbound on German Road, approximately .7 miles south of Old Furnace Road. The 9-year-old child that resides on the east side of German Road had just finished checking the mailbox and was walking back to her residence when she was struck by the Mazda. The Mazda continued northbound, fleeing the scene.

The 9-year-old sustained major injuries and was removed from the scene by the Delaware State Police helicopter. She was flown to A.I. Dupont Children’s Hospital where she was listed in critical conditions.

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 at approximately 10:49 p.m., the 9-year-old child succumb to her injuries.

Through investigative measures, Troopers located the operator of the Mazda, a 21-year-old Seaford man. Charges have not been filed at this time.

German Road between Concord Pond Road and Old Furnace Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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