Trial to begin today in Dover vehicular assault case

Erick J. Wyatte

DOVER — A Kent County judge will now determine the fate of a 31-year-old Dover charged with striking a senior citizen with his vehicle and then fleeing last year.

The scheduled jury trial of Erick J. Wyatte was changed to a bench trial Monday morning and opening arguments before Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.

A first-degree vehicular assault charge was brought against Mr. Wyatte after a 71-year-old woman was critically injured at White Oak Condos on March 9, 2017. The Delaware State Police claimed the defendant was fleeing from a domestic-related incident with his ex-girlfriend at the time.

Mr. Wyatte suffered minor injuries when his vehicle flipped over after striking a parked Cadillac during a high speed pursuit, police said.

A Superior Court docket showed Mr. Wyatte is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown. He was indicted on May 1, 2017 and four previous trial dates were postponed.

Deputy Attorney General Stephen E. Smith will prosecute the case for the state, with attorney Andre’ Beauregard representing the defendant.

Other charges include leaving the scene of a collision, driver’s license suspended/revoked, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to wear seatbelt, unsafe speed, trespass by motor vehicle, first-degree assault, failure to report a collision and disregarding a police officer’s signal.

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