Jury selection set in trial of Dover man accused of vehicular assault

 

DOVER — Jury selection is scheduled for Monday morning in the trial of a 31-year-old Dover man accused of fleeing after critically injuring a senior citizen with his vehicle last year.

Erick J. Wyatte is charged with first-degree vehicular assault and other offenses associated with an alleged incident at White Oak Condos on March 9, 2017.

A 71-year-old woman was hospitalized after hit by a vehicle that police claimed was driven by Wyatte. Investigators said he was fleeing from the scene of a domestic incident involving his former girlfriend at 1001 White Oak Road.

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

Erick J. Wyatte

Deputy Attorney General Stephen E. Smith will prosecute the case for the state, with attorney Andre’ Beauregard representing the defendant. Superior Court Judge Noel Primos will oversee the trial.

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.

Police said Mr. Wyatte was taken into custody after his vehicle struck a parked Cadillac before flipping over during a high speed pursuit. He was treated and released for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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