Newark – On Saturday night, October 27, 2018, at about 7:49, Newark Police were dispatched to the area of South College Avenue, just north of Christina Parkway (SR 4), for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin.
Rubin said arriving officers found that a 42-year-old female, who was crossing the roadway from the east side to the west side, had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the southbound lanes of South College Avenue. The female was not in a marked crosswalk.
Officers investigating the accident found that the driver and striking vehicle were no longer on the scene. They later determined that a family member of the pedestrian, Khory D. Spruill, assaulted the driver of the striking vehicle as he was exiting the vehicle to check on the pedestrian, according to Rubin.
Rubin said Spruill assaulted the 77-years-old driver by punching him multiple times in the head and face. In addition, Spruill damaged the driver’s vehicle by striking it, added Rubin. Other bystanders assisted the driver back into his vehicle once the assault by Spruill ended and the driver fled the scene for his own safety. The driver was later contacted by police and he declined medical attention, despite having suffered facial injuries from the assault. He was not injured as a result of the crash and is not facing any charges.
The female pedestrian was transported to an area hospital by Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company of Newark and New Castle County Paramedics. She sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital.
Newark Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Spruill, 19-years-old, of Clinton, MD, with Assault Second Degree (a felony) and Criminal Mischief. Spruill turned himself into Newark Police on October 28, 2018. Spruill appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle and was released on $6,500 unsecured bail.
Spruill is a sophomore at the University of Delaware and is a member of the Blue Hen’s football team.
The incident has reportedly been referred to the University’s Office of Student Conduct.