Two motorists facing felony DUI charges to go on trial this month

DOVER — Two Kent County men face separate felony DUI jury trials this month, including one charged after the death of a 40-year-old woman.

Smyrna resident Gerald M. Medkeff was indicted on a first-degree vehicular homicide count for an alleged incident in Dover when his vehicle struck a woman at approximately 2:22 a.m. last July 4, in the rear alley of New Castle Avenue, city police.

A third offense DUI charge was also brought during an indictment on Oct. 1.

Dover Police alleged that Mr. Medkeff, 36 at the time, was in the area to purchase drugs when he was approached by several people who became disorderly. He put his Mazda 3 sedan in reverse, striking Moneca Sanders as she became lodged under the vehicle. The driver then shifted into reverse to forward at least two times in an unsuccessful effort to flee, police claimed.

Ms. Sanders was pronounced dead at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover.

Mr. Medkeff has a Feb. 18 trial date, and will be represented by attorney Andre’ M. Beauregard. Deputy Attorneys General Kathleen A. Dickerson and Kevin B. Smith are prosecuting.

• William B. Smith is scheduled for trial for Feb. 18 regarding an alleged incident last Aug. 18, that injured two pedestrians near Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.

Charges include, among others fifth offense DUI, two counts each of first-degree vehicular assault and second-degree endangering, along with leaving the scene of an injury accident. Delaware State Police said Mr. Smith, 51, of Dover, had a suspended/revoked license at the time and was without an insurance card.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:14 p.m. and troopers arrived to the scene at U.S. 13 and W. Denneys Road to find two 17-year-old Dover females with non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.

According to authorities, a 2013 Nissan Altima became disabled after leaving the roadway and striking two pedestrians and a curb. Police alleged that Mr. Smith then fled the scene before being located in a college parking lot nearby.

Mr. Smith and two passengers in the vehicle were uninjured in the crash, police said.

Attorney Stephanie H. Blaisdell is defending Mr. Smith, with Deputy Attorney General Jason C. Cohee prosecuting fot the state.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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