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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Collision

Date Posted: Sunday, September 4th, 2022

Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian that occurred in the Newark area on Saturday evening.

On September 3, 2022, at approximately 9:13 p.m., a black 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling southbound on Polly Drummond Hill Road approaching the intersection with Rankin Road. At the same time, a male pedestrian was walking in the roadway on Polly Drummond Hill Road and entered into the path of the Jeep. As a result, the front of the Grand Cherokee struck the male subject while he was in the roadway.

The pedestrian involved in this incident, a 40-year-old male from Newark, Delaware, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin. The operator of the Jeep, a 47-year-old male from Newark, Delaware, was properly restrained. He was not injured in the collision.

No other vehicles were involved in this incident. The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the collision was being investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to please contact Sergeant J. Jefferson by calling 302-365-8484. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto

Released: 090422  1339


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