Middletown- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred early this morning, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.
Jaffe said the incident occurred on July 20, 2019, at approximately 1:05 a.m., when a 2013 BMW 3S was traveling northbound on Summit Bridge Road (DE 896) passed the intersection with Boyds Corner Road, in the right lane of travel.
A pedestrian was beginning to cross DE 896 from west to east across from the entrance to the Mount Pleasant Mobile Home Park. The pedestrian successfully crossed the southbound lanes of travel but then entered into the northbound lanes and into the path of the BMW. The operator of the BMW was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian, said Jaffe.
The operator of the BMW, a 20-year-old male from Middletown was properly restrained and did not sustain injuries. Neither impairment nor excessive speed on the part of the operator is a factor in this collision.
The pedestrian, a 57-year-old male also of Middletown was not utilizing a marked crosswalk, was not carrying a flashlight, and was not wearing any reflective material. He was transported to the Middletown (Christiana Hospital) Emergency Room where he was pronounced deceased. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.
DE 896 northbound was closed for approximately 2 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.
The crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.