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Fatal Accident in Rear Alley of New Castle Avenue 7-5-18

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-22196

Date/Time:   Wednesday,July 4th, 2018 at 2:22AM

Location:   Rear Alley of New Castle Avenue, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


A 36-year-old Smyrna man was charged with Vehicular Homicide 2nd Degree following an incident on Wednesday morning.  At approximately 2:22AM, Gerald Medkeff was operating a Mazda 3 sedan in the rear alley of New Castle Avenue.  Medkeff was in the area to purchase drugs.  While in the alley, Medkeff was approached by several people in the area who became disorderly with Medkeff.  Medkeff attempted to leave the area by placing his vehicle in reverse, striking 40-year-old Moneca Saunders.  After striking Saunders, she became stuck under Medkeff’s vehicle.  Medkeff shifted from reverse to forward at least twice more in an effort to leave but was unsuccessful.  Assistance from the Dover Fire Department was needed to free Saunders from under the vehicle.  She was later pronounced dead at Kent General Hospital.  Medkeff was charged with a single count of 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

Medkeff was committed to JTVCC in default of $10,000 cash bond.