The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Thursday May 18, 2017 as Rogelio Lopez-Perez, 26 of Georgetown, was operating a 1997 Toyota Corolla in the Sand Hill Acres MHP. Lopez-Perez had just entered into the park when he turned onto Widgeon Road and failed to see a 5-year-old male sitting on his bicycle near the edge of the roadway, striking the young boy with the front of the car. Lopez-Perez immediately stopped his vehicle in the roadway upon hearing the collision.
The 5-year-old child was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes where he was admitted with undetermined injuries.
Rogelio Lopez-Perez was taken to Troop 4 in Georgetown where a DUI investigation ensued. He was later charged with Vehicular Assault 1st, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Driving Without a Valid License. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,100.00 secured bond.