Charged with vehicular assault, DUI

Delaware State Troopers have charged a Georgetown man with vehicular assault after he struck a five-year-old child on a bicycle.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, as 26-year-old Rogelio Lopez-Perez, of Georgetown, was operating a 1997 Toyota Corolla in the Sand Hill Acres Mobile Home Park.  Lopez-Perez had just entered into the park when he turned onto Widgeon Road and failed to see a five-year-old boy sitting on his bicycle near the edge of the roadway and struck him. He then immediately stopped his vehicle. 

The 5-year-old child was transported by EMS to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, where he was admitted with undetermined injuries.

Lopez-Perez was taken to Troop 4 in Georgetown where a DUI investigation ensued. He was later charged with first-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid license. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,100 secured bond.