Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
New Castle, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating an incident where a suspect carjacked two vehicles and was involved in multiple collisions, involving a fatal pedestrian crash before being taken into custody.
At approximately 9:30 A.M., troopers were called to the 4000 block of New Castle Ave (Rt 9) for a reported carjacking. Initial reports from the scene indicated a female subject allegedly car jacked a victim and fled southbound on Rt. 9. Moments later, the suspect, still in the initial stolen vehicle, struck a pedestrian in the area of Rt 9 and Boothhurst Blvd. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect continued to flee, and struck another pedestrian, causing minor injuries, in Old New Castle in the area South Street and 6th Street. She fled the scene and was involved in another collision on Washington Street. The suspect committed a second carjacking at this location, and kidnapped an adult victim who was still in the car. The suspect fled to southbound River Road where she ultimately crashed again in the area of Hamburg Rd. An off-duty police officer and a former law enforcement officer, who witnessed part of the incident, apprehended the suspect at the final crash scene. Troopers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without further incident. This is preliminary information and further details will be released when known and confirmed.
We appreciate the publics continued patience and understanding as we work diligently to investigate this incident.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper
Released: 031322 1443