The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help regarding an incident in which a large rock was thrown through a car window north of Bethany Beach, injuring a 22-year-old woman.
According to the DSP, on Friday, April 26, around 11:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man from Lewes was driving a Mazda 626 northbound on Coastal Highway, approximately a mile south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, with a 22-year-old female passenger from Georgetown.
In the area of Ocean Ridge development, police said, a large rock was thrown from an unknown direction through the front windshield, striking a 22-year-old female passenger in the face.
“That’s a fairly large rock there… You’re looking at almost 8 inches by 6 inches wide. It probably weighs a good 5 pounds,” said DSP Public Information Officer Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier, noting that the speed limit at that location is 55 miles per hour and that the driver was going at least that fast.
The driver, who was not injured, was able to safely pull his car over onto the shoulder of the road and come to a stop, Fournier said. The female victim was initially transported by EMS to Beebe Medical Center but was later transferred to Christiana Medical Center for treatment. She was released from Christiana on Monday, police said, but will still need to undergo surgeries on her face due to the injuries she sustained in the incident.
Fournier said that, if apprehended, the suspect would also be charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment, as well as a count of Assault in the Second Degree, due to the victim’s injuries.
Fournier said that the investigation is “wide open” but believes that, with the help of the public, the suspect will be located.
“We want to find out, especially this area, if the people that live in that area may know or have heard or seen any kids or anybody out next to the road that were acting suspicious, even if somebody had passed by earlier and saw some kid standing by the road. We’re asking for the public’s help in trying to locate whoever did this.”
Fournier added that, with many investigations, the DSP relies on tips from the public and information gathered through social media sites.
“We rely on tips from a lot of people by putting it out there in the press and social media. Usually, we get a good response back,” he said. “A lot of times these kids will talk about the information, or they’ll repost something and say, ‘I did that’ or ‘I know somebody who did that.’ That’s usually how it gets back to us, especially if it is kids. With social media, sometimes it’s easy to track down that way.”
If anyone has any information in reference to the incident, they are being asked to contact Troop 4 at (302) 856-5850 or by using the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”