A Delaware man was arrested and charged after he allegedly struck a 1-year-old girl with his car and then fled the scene.
Elijah Meredith, 20, is charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in injury, failure to report a collision resulting in injury, driving while suspended and failure to have insurance in possession. He was arraigned and released on $800 bail.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday along Roosevelt Avenue in the Tuxedo Park neighborhood of Wilmington.
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A family friend says during a dispute with the child's mother over $100, Meredith ran over the child. Witnesses say during a struggle with the mother and her friends, he ran over the child again before taking off. [[238427591, C]]
As Meredith sped away, the mother ran over to a neighbor's house to get help, police said.
Police caught up to Meredith shortly before noon on Route 48 near the Sanford School in Hockessin. Despite fleeing the scene, he is now cooperating with detectives, police said. He was ordered to have no contact with the child.
Friends of the family told NBC10's Tim Furlong that the child has a skull fracture and many cuts and bruises. The child was in stable condition at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Friday, New Castle County Police said.
If you have any information on the incident, please contact Detective Jonathan Yard at JYard@nccde.org or New Castle County Police at (302) 573-2800.