Felton – The Delaware State Police (DSP) Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early this morning, according to DSP Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.
Fournier said the incident occurred around 12:54 a.m. Monday April 10, 2017 as a 2000 Volkswagen Golf was traveling northbound on South DuPont Highway (US13) just north of Memorial Avenue. An adult male pedestrian was walking northbound in the right lane of US13 when he was struck by the front right bumper of the Volkswagen, said Fournier.
The pedestrian was thrown onto the hood and into the windshield before rolling off the right side and onto the roadway. The Volkswagen was able to come to a controlled stop on the right shoulder immediately after the collision, according to Fournier.
The male pedestrian, who was dressed in dark clothing and was not wearing any type of reflective clothing and not carrying a flashlight, was pronounced dead at the scene by Kent County Paramedics. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The female operator of the Volkswagen was properly restrained and uninjured in the crash
The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. The area of the collision is unlit and there were no crosswalks present. Speed and alcohol involvement on the driver does not appear to be a factor in this collision. There is no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement on behalf of the pedestrian at this time. US13 northbound in the area of the incident was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.