UPDATE, ARREST MADE: West Rehoboth Hit & Run Destroys Wall Mural

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Image courtesy Alan Henney/Talk of Delmarva

UPDATED – 07/1/24 – Delaware troopers have arrested a suspect for crashing into the mural wall on June 13.

On June 26, a 19-year-old man from Rehoboth Beach was taken into custody.

He has been charged with traffic offenses related to leaving the scene of a property damage crash. He was released on his own recognizance.

Police say that the investigation has determined that this was not a racially motivated incident but rather a case of a hit-and-run. The suspect’s actions were unrelated to the content or significance of the mural.

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UPDATED – 06/14/24 – The investigation continues to identify and locate the driver of the Chevy pickup truck involved in the crash. The truck was found nearby on Norwood Street and was towed by police. Investigation shows the crash occurred between 2 and 3am on Thursday.

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ORIGINAL STORY – 06/13/24 – Delaware State Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck and damaged a section of the mural wall in West Rehoboth early Thursday morning. Police say the crash occurred overnight – and was reported to police just after 6am. Police did tow the vehicle but the driver left the scene and they are working to identify and locate the driver.

Anyone with information should contact State Police at Troop 7 at 302-644-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 800-847-3333.

About the mural: The mural, which is at Malloy and Central Street, was painted by muralist and West Rehoboth native, Terrance Vann. It was part of an effort by the Developing Artist Collaboration to revive and preserve the history of the area for future generations. Before the mural, the cinder block wall was filled with graffiti. The mural was unveiled in June of 2022

The mural at the unveiling in June of 2022 courtesy Delaware Community Foundation

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