Milford pedestrian dies after being struck by three vehicles

MILFORD — A 52-year-old man was killed after being struck by three vehicles Friday evening on U.S. 113, police say.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:06 p.m. Friday, just south of Airport Road in Milford, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin, a spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

A pedestrian, identified as George A. Burton of Milford, was attempting to cross U.S. 113, or DuPont Boulevard, when he was struck by a 1994 Chrysler LHS heading south, which was operated by an 80-year-old Seaford man, Cpl. Austin said.

The driver attempted to brake but could not avoid striking the pedestrian, Cpl. Austin said. Burton was thrown onto the hood of the car and then to the pavement in the left lane, where he was struck by two other vehicles, Cpl. Austin said.

Cpl. Austin said that an investigation determined that Burton was not wearing any reflective clothing, not carrying a light and not utilizing a crosswalk. The area where he was attempting to cross has no overhead street lighting.

The driver of the Chrysler remained on the scene; the other two vehicles did not, Cpl. Austin said.

Burton was taken to Bayhealth Milford and later transferred to Christiana Hospital, where he died, Cpl. Austin said. He added that it is undetermined if he was impaired at the time of the crash.

Cpl. Austin said the driver of the Chrysler was taken to Bayhealth Milford, where he was treated for minor injuries. Impairment was determined not to be a contributing factor on the driver’s behalf, Cpl. Austin said.

DuPont Boulevard was closed for approximately four hours Friday while the scene was investigated and cleared, Cpl. Austin said.

Cpl. Austin said that the Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate on behalf of the Milford Police Department and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sgt. J. Wheatley by calling 698-8518.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Reach the Delaware State News newsroom at newsroom@newszap.com

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