UPDATE: Police identify victim in fatal pedestrian crash in Dewey Beach
7/25 UPDATE: Police have identified the victim in this crash as 43-year-old Sidney Wolf of Clarksburg, Maryland.
The crash remains under investigation.
DEWEY BEACH, Del. – Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred early Sunday morning on Coastal Highway near Anchor’s Way in Dewey Beach.
Police say at around 2 a.m., the victim and five of his friends hired a “Lyft” driver to pick them up in Dewey Beach when a disagreement occurred between the group and the Lyft operator. The Lyft operator terminated the ride, stopped in the middle of the southbound left lane, and demanded all six passengers exit the vehicle.
At this time, a 2016 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 27-year-old male, was able to change lanes to avoid hitting the back of the Lyft vehicle, but failed to see the 43-year-old pedestrian who had just exited the back seat of the Lyft vehicle and was standing in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other five passengers of the Lyft vehicle were not injured.
The Lyft driver fled the scene and remains under investigation. The driver of the Corolla immediately pulled over following the crash.
The roadway was closed for approximately 4 hours while the collision was investigated and the roadway cleared.