Police: More charges filed against drug-impaired driver who hit pedestrian
A 23-year-old driver accused of hitting a pedestrian in Newark last month is now facing additional, more serious charges, police said.
John Strobel was driving a 2003 Buick LeSabre north on North College Avenue just after 2 a.m. Feb. 25, according to Newark Police Department.
As Strobel turned left onto Ray Street, he hit a 19-year-old woman who had just stepped into the crosswalk, police said.
The woman was rushed to Christiana Hospital to be treated for serious injuries to her head, spine and leg. She has since been released.
An officer trained in drug recognition determined Strobel was driving under the influence of a drug. Strobel was cited for possession of marijuana, but police would not say if that was the only drug he is suspected of using.
“Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the result of the testing or the contents of the opinion of the officer,” said Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Strobel was initially charged with DUI and released, but after “further investigation and evaluation of the victim’s injuries,” police decided to charge him with first-degree vehicular assault, a felony, Rubin said. After being arraigned on the additional charge, Strobel was released on $5,000 secured bond.
He was also charged with inattentive driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without proof of insurance and failure to have registration in his possession.