Po­lice car hits child

Girl OK after crash out­side po­lice sta­tion

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A Newark Po­lice of­fi­cer driv­ing an un­marked squad car struck a tod­dler be­ing pushed on a tri­cy­cle last week, po­lice said.

The crash hap­pened at 1:17 p.m. Nov. 2 in front of the po­lice sta­tion on South Main Street, said Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Newark Po­lice De­part­ment. The of­fi­cer was leav­ing the sta­tion in an un­marked Chevro­let Caprice via Vet­er­ans Lane and at­tempt­ing to turn left onto South Main Street.

While mak­ing the turn, he struck a 2-year-old girl be­ing pushed on a tri­cy­cle by a woman, Nel­son said. The woman and child were cross­ing from the Park N Shop to­ward the po­lice sta­tion.

The girl was treated at the scene by paramedics and then flown by he­li­copter to A.I. DuPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren. She was con­scious and alert, and was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal the same day after be­ing treated for mi­nor in­juries, Nel­son said.

The woman, 22, was taken to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal to be treated for a mi­nor cut on her foot. The of­fi­cer was not hurt.

Nel­son iden­ti­fied the of­fi­cer in­volved only as a male cor­po­ral but would not re­lease his name or de­scribe his spe­cific role at NPD. The of­fi­cer was not re­spond­ing to an emer­gency at the time of the col­li­sion.

NPD’s traf­fic unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash. Un­der de­part­ment pol­icy, of­fi­cers in­volved in crashes re­turn to nor­mal duty, Nel­son said. An of­fi­cer would be put on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave only if crim­i­nal ac­tions are sus­pected.

As of press time, po­lice had yet to re­lease ad­di­tional de­tails about how the crash oc­curred.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the crash should con­tact Cpl. Pa­trick Craig at 302-366-7100 ext. 3416 or PCraig@newark.de.us.

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