Troopers Identify Pedestrian Killed In Bear Sunday

Delaware State Police have identified the pedestrian who died as a result of a Sunday night fatal crash on Pulaski Highway (US Route 40) as Melissa A. Manger, 41, of New Castle.

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The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred early Sunday night on Route 40, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Gary Fournier.

Fournier said at approximately 8:47 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021, an 18-year-old Newark man was operating a 1997 Honda Civic westbound in the right lane of Pulaski Highway (US40) just west of Fir Avenue. A 41-year-old female from New Castle had just crossed over the eastbound lanes of US40 from the south side of the roadway. She then walked across a paved cross-over and into the westbound lanes while continuing to walk in a northerly direction. The pedestrian then walked into the path of the Honda Civic which was unable to avoid colliding with her. After the collision, the Civic immediately came to a stop.

The 41-year-old female, who was not wearing any type of reflective clothing and was not carrying any kind of lighted device, was pronounced dead at the scene said Fournier. Her name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

The 18-year-old operator of the Honda Civic was uninjured.

Pulaski Highway (US40) westbound west of Fir Avenue was closed for approximately two and a half hours to vehicular traffic while the crash was investigated and cleared from the roadway.