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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

*UPDATE-Pedestrian Struck*-Route 40 at Wilton Blvd.-New Castle

Date Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

40 @ Wilton

New Castle– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a motor vehicle crash in which a pedestrian has been struck and killed.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:31 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 2017, on U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway), westbound, east of the intersection with Wilton Boulevard, New Castle.

A 2004 Acura TL, being driven by a 38 year old Newark man, was traveling  U.S. 40 westbound approaching Wilton Boulevard. A pedestrian, identified as Rosa Martinez, 67, of New Castle, was walking northbound across the westbound lanes of U.S. 40, when she was struck by the Acura. After impact the Acura came to a controlled stop and remained at the scene. Martinez was treated on scene by New Castle County Paramedics before being  transported to Christiana Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed that the victim was wearing all dark clothing at the time of the collision. It was also determined that she was crossing the roadway against a red signal, and without utilizing a designated pedestrian crosswalk. At this time impairment on behalf of the victim is unknown.

Impairment is not being considered a factor on behalf of the Acura driver.

If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to contact Sgt. D. Alexander of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8484.


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