Boy struck by van; driver charged with DUI

MILLSBORO – A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a van driven by a Millsboro man determined to be under the influence of alcohol, Delaware State Police report.

Preliminary investigation determined the crash occurred on May 14 at approximately 3:33 p.m. as a 1994 Ford Econoline Van operated by 54-year-old John C. Swift of Millsboro was northbound on Iron Branch Road in the area of the East Millsboro Elementary School, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

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According to police, the boy was attempting to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road. After the boy left the playground area to retrieve the two baseballs he darted out into the roadway. He failed to see the van and was subsequently struck by the front bumper and knocked to the ground.

The boy was transported to the Beebe Medical Center. After a brief stay he was transferred by ambulance to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital where he was listed in serious condition Saturday, Sgt. Bratz said.

Mr. Swift was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving suspended/revoked.

This crash remains under investigation by Delaware State Police.

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