Delaware State Police

Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian I-95 – Wilmington

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred overnight.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018, on I-95 southbound, south of the 4th Street off-ramp, Wilmington. A 21 year old Wilmington woman was walking in the I-95 southbound right lane of travel for an unknown reason, at which time she was struck by a 2010 Toyota Prius, operated by a 77 year old Galena, Maryland man. After impact, the victim was thrown to the ground, coming to rest on the I-95 southbound, right shoulder. The operator of the Prius brought his vehicle to a controlled stop and remained at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Impairment on her behalf is unknown at this time. Identification is pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the Prius was not injured as a result of the incident. Neither speed nor impairment are being considered as factors on his behalf.

I-95 southbound was closed at Martin Luther King Boulevard for approximately two hours, as the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Forester of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8485.

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

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin

Released: 012518 1045

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