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Child hospitalized after being hit by car

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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A 10-year-old boy is in serious condition after he was hit by a car south of Millsboro May 14.

The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. when the 10-year-old jumped a fence and crossed Iron Branch Road near East Millsboro Elementary School to retrieve two baseballs, said Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz. At the same time, 54-year-old John C. Swift of Millsboro was driving a 1994 Ford Econoline van northbound on Iron Branch Road in the same area. As the boy darted into the roadway, he failed to see the van and was hit by the vehicle's front bumper, Bratz said. The boy was knocked to the ground and came to a rest in the northbound shoulder of Iron Branch Road. Swift immediately came to a controlled stop on the shoulder.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center and transferred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children where he remains in serious condition, Bratz said.

Swift was uninjured, but was taken to Beebe Medical Center where he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while suspended/revoked. Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the Attorney General's Office is reviewing the case, but no additional charges have been filed.

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Original Publication Date: May 20, 2016

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