A community is rallying together after a 10-year-old was struck by a van south of Millsboro last weekend.
According to police, on Saturday, May 14, around 3:33 p.m. Garrett Rogers, 10, was attempting to retrieve two baseballs that apparently went over the fence and crossed over Iron Branch Road.
At the same time, a 1994 Ford Econoline van was being driven northbound on Iron Branch Road by John C. Swift, 54, of Millsboro, in the area of the East Millsboro Elementary School.
According to police, after Rogers left the playground area to retrieve the two baseballs, he darted out into the roadway, attempting to cross the roadway from the west to the east. In doing so, he reportedly failed to see the van and was subsequently struck by the front bumper of the van in the northbound lane of Iron Branch Road.
After the impact, police said, he was knocked to the ground and came to rest on the northbound shoulder of Iron Branch Road. Police said the van immediately pulled to a controlled stop on the northbound shoulder of Iron Branch Road.
Rogers was immediately transported by ambulance to the Beebe Healthcare. After a brief stay there, he was transferred by ambulance to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, where he remained in serious condition mid-week.
Since the incident, community members have been coming together to support Rogers and his family. Monetary donations, as well as gift cards, are being collected at the Millsboro Little League concession stand and at Millsboro Daycare. Hashtags, including #22 and #gmoneystrong, have been used on social media to show support to the 10-year-old and his family.
Even lawmakers, including the Delaware State Senate Republican Caucus and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell are showing their support for Rogers.
Those in the community who want to send well wishes to Rogers may do so via an eCard through A.I. duPont by visiting www.nemours.org/service/online/ecards/ecardaidhc.html.
Following Saturday’s incident, Swift was reportedly uninjured; however, police said alcohol use on his behalf appeared to be a factor in the crash. Swift, they said, was transported to Beebe Healthcare, where he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Suspended/Revoked. The crash remained under investigation by the Delaware State Police mid-week.