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Man Struck, Killed While Walking on I-95 in Delaware

It took more than three hours to clear the deadly crash near the Christiana Mall

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What to Know

  • A deadly crash involving a pedestrian left Interstate 95 northbound closed for more than three hours Wednesday morning.
  • The wreck caused all lanes of traffic to be forced off I-95 onto the one lane Airport Road ramp.
  • Delaware State Police say that a 20-year-old driver struck and killed a 37-year-old man who was standing on I-95.

Drivers were urged to avoid Interstate 95 northbound in New Castle County, Delaware, during the early part of the Wednesday morning commute as all lanes were closed due to a deadly crash.

The wreck happened just after 4 a.m. in the northbound lanes just south of the DelDOT yard, also known as “Sandbox," Delaware State Police said. That's near Route 141 and the Christiana Mall.

Later on Wednesday morning, state police said that a 20-year-old Honda Civic driver struck and killed a 37-year-old man in the northbound lanes of traffic.

"... A 37-year-old male pedestrian from the New Castle area, was within the left shoulder area and began running out into the southbound lanes of travel in an easterly direction," police said in a news release. "The pedestrian then slowed to a walk and then stood within the left center lane of travel before being struck by the Honda Civic."

The man -- who isn't being named pending family notification -- died at the scene. He was wearing dark clothing and had no light on him at the time of the crash, police said.

The Civic driver managed to stop on the side of the highway. The driver and his 19-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released, police said.

The road remained closed for more than three hours, with all traffic being forced off onto one exit lane at Airport Road. Route 13 was among the alternate routes.

DelDOT and Delaware State Police said the road was finally reopened around 7:35 a.m.

Police asked that anyone who may have witnessed the deadly wreck to call Master Cpl. J. Breen at 302-365-8486 or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online.

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