A Greenwood man has been arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident that killed two young girls and then falsely reporting his car stolen in an effort to evade arrest.


UPDATE: Ogden's parents have been arrested by the Delaware State Police for helping their son falsely report his car stolen after the accident.


A Greenwood man has been arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident that killed two young girls and then falsely reporting his car stolen in an effort to evade arrest.

According to a police, a van owned by Grace-N-Mercy Ministries, of Georgetown, was carrying 12 passengers plus driver Tonekia Townsend, 26 of Lewes, south on U.S. Route 13 when a 1997 Dodge Neon, driven by Reagan M. Ogden, 33, of Greenwood, moving at high speed, approached it from behind.

Police say Ogden came up on the van and attempted to swerve to the right, but instead struck the rear of the van. Townsend lost control and drove onto the center median of Route 13, when the van rolled over. It eventually came to rest lying sideways in the northbound lane.

Kayla Tate, 12, of Lewes, and Tashaun Mallory, 10, of Laurel, were thrown from the van and killed.

Ten of the other 11 people in the van were injured, ranging from a 27-year-old woman to a 3-year-old girl. All were taken to area hospitals for treatment, and their conditions are currently unknown.

After the accident, Ogden, who was uninjured, got out of his car and fled into nearby woods, evading police searches. After walking to a convenience store and getting a ride back to Greenwood, he reported his car stolen, claiming that he had left it unlocked and running in his mother’s driveway, allowing an unidentified man to drive off with it.

Police originally believed the report, asking for help locating the car thief. But Ogden’s mother told police that she suspected he’d made up the stolen-car story, and he confessed under further questioning.

Ogden was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving a after judgment prohibiting him from doing so. Charges regarding the false car-theft report are still under investigation. He was remanded to the Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of a $55,000 cash bail.

On Wednesday evening, state police announced, Ogden's parents, Regan and Mary Ogden, were arrested for filing false police reports. A police investigation determined that the couple was aware of what their son was involved in and knowingly lied to investigators. They were charged with hindering an investigation and second-degree conspiracy, both felonies, as well as filing a false police report, a misdemeanor.