Vehicle, operator identified in Seaford hit and run; teen still critical

SEAFORD – Delaware State Police have identified the vehicle and operator in their investigation of an Oct. 15 hit and run crash in which a Seaford teen was struck while his riding a bicycle west of Seaford.

Investigators on Monday were contacted by Justin J. Trice, 26, of Easton, MD, who was operating a 1999 GMC Sonoma when he struck Melleca Butler as Melleca was riding his bicycle southbound on Woodpecker Road.

No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation into this incident is on-going, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Melleca Butler was ejected from the bike into a cornfield, and the vehicle fled the scene after the collision.

A passerby observed a bicycle tire and shoe in the roadway and stopped to check the area when he saw the teen in the field.  He then contacted 9-1-1 to report the incident.

Melleca Butler, who was not reported to be wearing a helmet, was airlifted from the scene by Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) to Christiana Medical Center. He is still hospitalized in critical condition.

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