Officer's Cruiser Hits Intoxicated Man: Police

Police are investigating after a man was hit by a trooper's cruiser overnight.

The man was hit early Thursday by a Delaware State Trooper as he tried to cross Kirkwood Highway near Duncan Road in Wilmington, Del. Police say alcohol and drugs were a factor on the part of the man, who was not in a crosswalk.

When the man in his late 30s crossed into the path of the trooper's Ford Crown Victoria, police say the trooper tried to swerve to avoid him, but was unable to do so. The man was hit and thrown to the roadway.

The man was taken to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition. The trooper, who wasn’t identified, was not injured.

Police didn’t release the man’s identity pending family notification.

The roadway remained closed for about two hours after the crash.

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