Troopers Identify Pedestrian Killed In Kent County Friday

Kenton- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is conducting a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred late Friday night.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, a 44-year-old Clayton man was seated in the passenger’s side of his disabled vehicle parked on the northbound shoulder of Arthursville Road waiting on a tow truck. As the tow truck came into view from the southbound side, the 44-year-old man exited the passenger side of his vehicle and began to waive/signal to the tow truck driver who pulled off on the southbound shoulder.

The 44-year-old man, identified as Edward T. Fretz of Clayton, stayed in the northbound lane and began to speak to the tow truck driver, who was standing at the rear of the tow truck. After a brief conversation, the 44-year-old male victim turned and began to walk back to his disabled vehicle when he was struck by a 2007 Ford Fusion that was driving northbound on Arthursville Road towards Kenton, police said Saturday.

The 44-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The 25-year-old female operator of the Ford Fusion, from Goldsboro, Maryland, was uninjured in the collision and was able to come to a controlled stop on the northbound shoulder of Arthursville Road.

The tow truck operator was uninjured.

Arthursville Road, between Shorts Corner Road and Sudlersville Road, was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the collision was investigated and cleared.