Pedestrian attempting to cross Del. 1 killed when struck by vehicle of trooper responding to call

REHOBOTH BEACH – A pedestrian attempting to cross Coastal Highway (Del. 1) was killed early Sunday morning when he was struck after walking into the path of a Delaware State Police vehicle responding to a call.

State police have not yet released the identity of the deceased 40-year-old man.

Preliminary investigation determined the incident occurred at about 12:17 a.m., Aug. 11.

A fully marked 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle driven by a 31-year-old state trooper was northbound on Coastal Highway in the left lane approaching Church Street, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

The trooper was responding to a call for service, with vehicle lights and siren activated, Sgt. Bratz said.

Meanwhile, the pedestrian was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway in the area of Church Street. The pedestrian entered Coastal Highway from the east edge of the roadway, crossing the shoulder and the right lane. As the pedestrian entered the left lane he was struck by the front center of the Tahoe.

The trooper, who was uninjured in the collision, came to a controlled stop.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding medics.

Sgt. Bratz said the pedestrian did not have a light, reflective clothing and was not in a marked crosswalk. Impairment on his behalf is undetermined at this time, Sgt. Bratz said.

The state trooper has been employed by the Delaware State Police for nine years and is assigned to Troop 7 patrol in Lewes. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave per divisional policy, Sgt. Bratz said.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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