man claims girl darted out in front of him

Thursday, July 27, 2017 16:29 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Marcus Scully looked in his rear view mirror and saw a girl he claims darted out in front of his SUV laying out in the street.

He kept going too panicked to even stop and call for help.

That's what he allegedly told police before charged June 20 with level 5 felony fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Five-year old Delaney Klewer, according to her family, was returning to Water Tower Park on June 18 to retrieve the flip flops she forgot to bring home when struck in the 300 block of Broadway St. beside the park.

Scully, 35, of Trail Creek during his initial hearing Tuesday in LaPorte Superior Court 1 sought a reduction in his $15,000 cash only bond.

The request was taken under advisement to allow for a standard background check before deciding to lower his bail.

''He said she jumped out in front of him,'' Michigan City Police Cpl. Steve Alt, one of the lead investigators in the case, said during a telephone conversion Wednesday.

Alt also revealed there was no mention by Scully of texting or talking on a cell phone.

''He said he was just driving down the road and she ran out in front of him,'' Alt said.

During a June 20 oral probable cause hearing, Lt. Jeff Loniewski testified Scully said after impact he saw a girl in his rear view mirror laying in the street and never stopped or made an attempt to call police.

''His excuse was he just panicked,'' said Loniewski.

Loniewski said there was no evidence of Scully being impaired but the use of drugs or alcohol was still being investigated.

He also revealed the image of an SUV driving through the area during the time period of the collision was identical to a gold 2012 Chevy Equinox recovered from outside the home of his parents, Minister Wesley and Donnita Scully, at 508 Pine Tree Dr. in Trail Creek.

The vehicle was registered to Marcus Scully, Loniewski said.

Police were circulating to the public images of the SUV captured on video the same morning Scully with his attorney, Alan Sirinek, turned himself in.

Wesley Scully is former president of the LaPorte County/Michigan City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or (NAACP).

In a letter to the victim's family posted on Wesley Scully's Facebook page, deep remorse was expressed along with an apology for the pain caused by the accident and ''absence of our son at the accident scene.''

The letter goes on to state all of the Scully children were raised ''in the ways of God'' and Marcus like all other people is not perfect.

''We do make mistakes. But it takes great courage to own up to your mistakes no matter how difficult and, yes, even if not done from the start,'' the letter states.

The Scully family went on to say they're praying for peace and strength both for the girl's family and their own.

Michigan City Common Council president Chris Schwanke said efforts are underway to improve safety for pedestians in the area of the park where the girl was killed.

Crosswalks and relocating speed limit signs are among the specific things already suggested.

Pedestrian safety at all other parks in the city will also be evaluated.

''From every tragic event you try to learn from it,'' said Schwanke.