Crowd screamed as Delaware football player beat driver who ran into mom: Court documents

A University of Delaware running back was walking with his family to a hotel across the street from the stadium following last Saturday's game when a car struck his mother.

A crowd of more than 50 football fans looked on as Khory D. Spruill pulled the elderly driver from the car and repeatedly punched him in the face, according to court documents filed after his arrest for assault.

The event unfolded about 7:50 p.m., less than an hour after Delaware's victory over Towson Saturday. The 19-year-old football player and his brother were walking across on the four-lane South College Avenue followed by his mother.

Newark police officers patrol the intersections near the stadium while football fans leave, but Spruill and his family cut across between intersections, without a crosswalk, according to court documents.   

While the brothers crossed, they heard a scream and turned to see the car strike Sakeena Pickett, police said. The 77-year-old man driving the car stopped, and witnesses said Spruill began to bang on the car door and hood, according to court records.

A witness told police Spruill pulled the elderly driver out of the car and started punching him in the face as the crowd screamed, according to police and records.

A bystander told the bloodied driver to get back in the car and to lock the doors. The senior citizen told police he was terrified and feared for his life, so he drove off, records show. 

An officer, who interviewed the driver, said he thought the man had suffered a head injury but he refused treatment, court documents said. 

Police are not filing charges against the driver, Newark police said. 

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