Ten-Year-Old Boy Remains in Serious Condition After Being Struck By Driver
Delaware State Police say the crash occurred on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at approximately 3:33 p.m., as a 1994 Ford Econoline Van, operated by John C. Swift, 54 of Millsboro, was northbound on Iron Branch Road, CR 331 in the area of the East Millsboro Elementary School. The 10-year-old boy attempted to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road.
After the boy left the playground area to retrieve the two baseballs, he allegedly darted out into the roadway. Police say that's when the boy failed to see the Ford Van traveling northbound and was subsequently struck by the front bumper of the van in the northbound lane of Iron Branch Road.
After impact, the boy was knocked to the ground and came to rest on the northbound shoulder of Iron Branch Road. After impact, Swift immediately pulled to a controlled stop on the northbound shoulder of Iron Branch Road.
The boy was immediately transported by ambulance to the Beebe Medical Center. After a brief stay, he was transferred by ambulance to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital, where he remains in serious condition.
Swift was uninjured, however, alcohol appears to be a factor. Swift was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Suspended/Revoked.
The roadway in the area of the crash was closed for approximately 2.5 hours as the collision was investigated and cleared.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police.