Dover Woman Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle; Suspect Charged

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Incident Number: 50-23-42283

Date/Time:  Friday, December 22, 2023, at 11:01 p.m.

Location: Liberty Court Apartments, 1289 Walker Road, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: [email protected]

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Thalia Perez, 21, of Dover on manslaughter and related charges following an incident late Friday night. The investigation began at approximately 11:01 p.m., when Dover Police received the call for a vehicle striking a person at Liberty Court Apartments. Officers responded and located the victim, a 22-year-old female of Dover, and discovered she had sustained severe injuries from being hit by a vehicle. Officers immediately rendered aid to the victim and she was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus where she later died as a result of her injuries. The victim’s name is being withheld until her family has been notified.

Perez was still on scene when Officers arrived and it was determined that she was the operator of the vehicle that struck the victim and that she was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Perez was taken into custody without incident and was transported to Dover Police Department where she was processed and arraigned.

Perez was committed to BWCI on $100,100 secured bail on the following charges:
-Manslaughter
-Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
-Driving Under the Influence of Drugs And/or Alcohol

As always, criminal charges are an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Thalia Perez
Dover, DE

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