Troopers Identify Woman Struck And Killed Near Christiana Hospital

Newark – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred late Wednesday night, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 10:41 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, on westbound Churchman’s Road, just west of Churchman’s Place. A 2016 Chrysler 300, operated by a 26-year-old New Castle man was traveling westbound on Churchman’s Road, from the area of SR 1, in the right thru lane of travel.

A pedestrian, identified as 56-year-old Celestine Jenkins, also of New Castle was crossing Churchman’s Road from the south to the north, just west of Churchman’s Place. Jenkins was able to successfully cross the eastbound lanes of Churchman’s Road but upon entering into the westbound lanes, she walked into the path of the Chrysler. The driver swerved in an attempt to avoid Jenkins but was unable to do so, with the front end of his vehicle striking her.

Jenkins, who was wearing all dark, non-reflective clothing, was not carrying any type of light and was also not using a marked pedestrian crosswalk, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chrysler was transported to the Christiana Hospital for evaluation. Neither impairment or improper driving are deemed as factors on his behalf, said Austin.

Churchman’s Road was closed for approximately 3 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486.

Breaking Report

Just after 10:30 last evening, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, rescue crews from the Christiana Fire Company, New Castle County Police and Delaware State Police were alerted to a crash on Churchmans Road in Newark.

Crews learned that a pedestrian, a woman, had been struck by a vehicle in the area of the Red Lobster, just across the street from Christina Hospital.

While en route crews were told that a nurse was on scene providing emergency first aid to the patient.

It’s not clear if the woman was transported to the hospital, however,  reports from the scene indicate that the woman did succumb to her injuries.

The scene was turned over to the Delaware State Police who are investigating the crash.




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