Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision

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Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian that occurred in the Bear area on Sunday night.

On December 25, 2022, at approximately 9:33 p.m., a 53-year-old Philadelphia man exited a vehicle on the right shoulder of westbound Route 40 at Scotland Drive.  The pedestrian began walking eastbound on the right shoulder of Route 40 westbound. The victim then entered the westbound lanes of travel and began walking east in the left lane. At the time, a silver 2020 Kia Sportage was traveling westbound on Route 40 in the left lane of travel.  The front left corner of the Kia struck the pedestrian in the left lane of travel and came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder of Route 40. The area of the collision was dark and not well lit. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was not carrying a light at the time of the collision.

The 53-year-old male pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification of the next of kin.

No other vehicles were involved in this incident and no other injuries were reported.

Route 40 westbound at Salem Church Road was closed for approximately three hours while the collision was investigated, and the roadway cleared.



The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Senior Corporal Calio by calling 302-365-8483. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell

Released: 122522  0924


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