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- A Delaware State Trooper is recovering after he was dragged hundreds of feet by an SUV that fled the scene.
- The trooper was dragged from the intersection about 1/10th of a mile down the road.
- The trooper is in stable condition. Investigators are searching for the driver of the SUV.
A Delaware State Trooper is recovering after he was dragged hundreds of feet by an SUV that fled the scene.
The unidentified trooper, assigned to Troop 6, was directing traffic at the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Farrand Drive in Wilmington around 1:45 p.m. Monday. Investigators say the trooper then had an “interaction” with a dark-colored SUV that was stopped in the area.
“We don’t know what that interaction entailed but he had contact with the operator,” Delaware State Police Cpl. Michael Austin said. “And at some point during that interaction, the vehicle drove off with the Trooper still on the vehicle.”
The trooper was dragged from the intersection about 1/10th of a mile down to the entrance of the Kirkwood Gardens development. The SUV left the scene and the trooper was found in a grass median by a New Castle County police officer.
The trooper was taken to Christiana Hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. He is in stable condition.
Cpl. Austin said he was unsure whether or not the driver of the SUV intentionally struck the trooper.
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“If there was a moment of panic, now is the time to make things right,” he said. “Come forward. Speak to our investigators so that we can resolve this situation and not make a bad situation any worse.”
If you have any information on the incident, please call 302-633-5000.