9-year-old pedestrian hit by vehicle in Middletown Village, treated and released for minor injuries
|Date:||November 21, 2012|
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, at about 5:20 p.m., Middletown Police responded to Ramunno Drive, Middletown, in reference to a collision involving a vehicle and 9-year-old pedestrian.
M/Cpl. Howard and assisting officers conducted multiple interviews of adult and juvenile witnesses and were able to determine the following events unfolded leading to the white male juvenile being struck:
A group of juveniles, including the victim, who is visiting from Georgia, had been playing on the playground located on Vincent Circle. The juveniles were crossing Ramunno Drive, just south of Ash Boulevard, heading east. The group became separated due to traffic traveling on Ramunno, resulting in the victim and one other juvenile being left on the west side of the roadway. These two waited for several vehicles to pass, and the victim attempted to cross the street immediately behind a southbound vehicle. He entered the northbound side of the roadway, and was struck by a black Kia Sol.
The Kia was traveling at about 15 miles per hour, as the operator was slowing due to the presence of the first group of juveniles in the roadway and for the stop sign located at the intersection at Ash Boulevard.
The victim was transported to A.I. DuPont Hospital for children by Volunteer Hose Co. of Middletown, and was treated and released for his minor injuries.
The operator of the Kia was not cited, as the juvenile failed to yield the right-of-way to vehicular traffic when he was not in a crosswalk.
Delaware traffic codes establish specific rules pedestrians must adhere to when walking and crossing roadways. These include walking against the flow of traffic if no sidewalk is available, as well as carrying a light when walking upon a roadway during periods of darkness. Most importantly, is the requirement to cross roadways at marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians are reminded to make eye contact with the operator of a vehicle prior to stepping into the roadway.