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Police Blotter

01/07/2014 06:22PM ● By Acl


New Garden Township police reported that Juan Zavala, 66, of Wilmington, Del., was struck by a car  as he walked along Route 7 on Dec. 27. He was later pronounce dead at a hospital.

Police say that at 5:43 p.m., Zavala was walking south on the shoulder of the road when he stepped into the path of a car being driven by Donald Bailey, 71, of Gap. Zavala was wearing dark clothing and Bailey told police he had no time to brake. A motorist who saw the incident confirmed that Zavala staggered into the path of Bailey's car.

Bailey stopped and tried to help Zavala, who was alert and talking to emergency personnel after being struck. He was taken to Christiana Hospital with head trauma, internal injuries and broken legs. On Dec. 29, he was removed from life support after consultation with family members and was pronounced dead at 9:52 a.m.

Police later learned that Zavala had earlier walked out of Jennersville Hospital against medical advice and was apparently walking to the home of a friend or family member in Hockessin, Del., when he was struck.

No charges are anticipated in connection with the accident. Witnesses who have not been contacted by police are asked to call 610-268-2907, ext. 100, or the anonymous tip line at 610-268-2907, ext. 222.


Kennett Square police reported that someone tried to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the 100 block of South Walnut Street sometime between Nov. 16 and Dec. 16. 


Kennett Square police say a cell phone was stolen from a business in the 100 block of Sycamore Alley on Dec. 11 between 12:30 and 2:15 p.m. 


On Dec. 27, New Garden Police investigating an accident at Limestone and Southwood roads stopped a driver who was trying to drive past the accident scene and seemed disoriented. Guadalupe Tapia, 42, of Avondale, showed signs of being intoxicated. He resisted arrest and shoved the arresting officer. After a struggle, Tapia was restrained. He was arraigned on charges of DUI, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was sent to Chester County Prison after failing to post $2,000 cash bail.


Kennett Square police arrested Fernando Avalos, 21, of Kennett Square on an outstanding parole warrant after a traffic stop on Dec. 11 in the 100 block of West Cedar Street. Avalos was released to a parole agent.