Man dies after being hit by Delaware State Police
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police say they are investigating after a trooper hit a man on Coastal Highway, just after midnight on Sunday.
Around 12:17 a.m. a State Trooper, in a fully marked SUV, was reportedly driving northbound on Coastal Highway towards Church Street near Big Fish Grill. The uniformed officer was responding to a call for service so the car’s lights and sirens were reportedly turned on.
Officials say a 40-year-old man was walking in the same northbound lanes of Coastal Highway and he was trying to cross the road even though there was no marked crosswalk. The man was reportedly hit by the front end of the State Trooper’s SUV. The officer came to a stop and EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Police say the man did not have a light or reflective clothing on. Officials say they are still working to figure out if the pedestrian was impaired. The trooper was not injured.
The 31-year-old 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.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
SR 1 Coastal Highway north of Church Street was closed in the area of the crash for about 3.5 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.