Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

I-95 MLK

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Wilmington- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating a fatal hit-and-run motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred this morning in Wilmington.

The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 3:36 a.m. this morning, Saturday, May 13, 2017, as an unknown subject was operating a silver or gray Nissan and was traveling on I-95 southbound approaching Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Nissan then struck a 53-year-old Wilmington man who was walking on the highway for an unknown reason. It then fled the scene without stopping.

The male victim was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending the notification of his next of kin. It is unknown if alcohol or drug use on the part of the pedestrian was a factor in this crash

The southbound right hand lane and the exit for Martin Luther King Boulevard were closed for approximately 2 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Sergeant Philip Dzielak at 302-365-8484. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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