A Delaware State Police officer was struck by a teenage driver at the intersection of McKennans Church Road and Mill Creek Road in Wilmington this morning. The 38-year-old state police officer, who was driving a fully marked 2005 Ford Crown Victoria was turning left onto McKennans Church Road when he was apparently sideswiped by a 1994 Ford Bronco, driven by Scott Jenkins, 17, of Wilmington.
A preliminary investigation indicates the officer was traveling west on Mill Creek Road. Upon reaching McKennans Church Road the officer stopped in order to make a left turn.
An eastbound vehicle on Mill Creek Road began to make a right turn onto southbound McKennans Church Road, but stopped after partially completing the turn, and the officer began to turn left. As the officer turned left onto southbound McKennans Church Road an eastbound 1994 Ford Bronco that was traveling behind the stopped vehicle continued straight through the intersection and struck the passenger side of the state police vehicle.
The driver of the Bronco was transported by ambulance to A.I. du Pont Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. Two 15-year-old passengers in his vehicle were not injured. Two juvenile passengers who were in the officer's vehicle were transported by ambulance to A.I. du Pont Hospital, where they are currently receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The officer received minor injuries and did not require immediate medical treatment. Everyone involved was properly restrained at the time of the crash.