UPDATE: Suspect arrested after fatal crash involving horse carriage in Hartly

HARTLY, Del. - Police say that they have arrested a Hartly man involved in the fatal hit and run crash with an Amish buggie on Thursday, August 31.

29-year-old Robert Eckeard of Hartly was taken into custody last Wednesday at his home by detectives and transported to Troop three where he was charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death, failure to report a collision resulting in death, failure to show proof of insurance and expired tags.

He was arraigned at J.P. two and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $7,002 cash bond. The crash happened around 8:05 PM last Thursday as 55-year-old Ervin Miller of Hartly was reprtedly driving a horse drawn carriage westbound on Halltown Road (S.R. eight) trying to make a left turn into Royal Farms at the intersection with Hartly Road (S.R. 44.)

Police say that Eckeard was operating a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina eastbound on S.R. eight and crashed with the carriage, ejecting both Miller and his 55-year-old wife in the roadway. Eckeard then allegedly continued eastbound on S.R. eight without stopping.

Miller was transported by E.M.S to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His wife was also transported to K.G.H. where she was treated and has recently been released.

Police say that they would like to thank the public for their help by calling tips into Delaware Crime Stoppers.

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