Virginia man struck and killed while crossing highway in Georgetown

Virginia man struck and killed while crossing in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a car accident that claimed the life of a Virginia man.

Police say the accident occurred just before 9 p.m. Friday night on southbound DuPont Boulevard, just north of the intersection with Seashore Highway in Georgetown.

Police say 75-year-old Daniel W. Rohde Jr. was trying to walk across the highway, and entered directly into the path of a 53-year-old Pennsylvania woman driving a 2006 Jaguar.  

Police say the driver was unable to avoid Rohde, and he was in turn struck by the woman's car.

Rohde was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the vehicle, before falling to the ground, eventually coming to rest.

The Jaguar continued southbound, coming to a controlled stop in the left turn lane.

Police say Rohde wasn't using a marked cross walk and had no reflectors on his clothing. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS.

Investigators say alcohol does appear to be a factor on Rhode's behalf.

The driver and her front seat passenger were not injured in the accident. Neither speed nor impairment are being considered factors on behalf the driver.

The southbound lanes of DuPont Boulevard were closed for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. A. Mitchell at 302-703-3322. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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