Police car hits child
Girl OK after crash outside police station
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.