Man Charged With Manslaughter In The Death Of Two Children

Delaware State Police have charged a Seaford man in the fatal motor vehicle collision that took the lives of two children on Thursday, January 6, 2022, according to Delaware State Police.

Officials said said at approximately 12:33 p.m., a 2009 Nissan Altima operated by a 53-year-old Seaford man was traveling southbound on Atlanta Road. At the same time, a 2018 Kia Soul driven by a 36-year-old Seaford woman was traveling northbound on Atlanta Road in the area of the Nissan. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Nissan crossed the double solid yellow line and struck the Kia head-on in the northbound lane of travel, according to authorities.

The driver of the Nissan, 53-year-old Arthur Perdue of Seaford, was properly restrained and airlifted to an area hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

The driver of the Kia was properly restrained and transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where she was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Kia driver’s 14-year-old daughter was properly restrained in the left rear passenger seat. The driver’s 6-year-old son was properly restrained with a backless booster seat in the right rear passenger seat. Due to injuries sustained during the collision, the children succumbed at the scene.

Today, June 14, 2022, Delaware State Police announced that they have arrested Perdue for Manslaughter and other charges following a fatal motor vehicle collision investigation.

Officials said Perdue was indicted by the Grand Jury on the following charges:

Manslaughter (Felony) – 2 counts
Vehicular Assault First Degree (Felony)
3rd Offense Driving Under the Influence (Felony)
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway
Passing in a No-Passing Zone
Failure to Have Required Insurance

On June 13, 2022, Perdue was contacted by troopers at the Division of Motor Vehicles building in Delaware City and taken into custody without incident. Perdue was transported to Troop 6, where he was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 2 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $65,203 cash bond.

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