Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
The Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred last night in New Castle that left one man dead.
On August 29, 2023, at approximately 8:44 p.m., a silver 2005 Toyota Camry was traveling in the left westbound lane on Pulaski Highway approaching the intersection at Wilton Boulevard. At the same time, an elderly man on a motorized wheelchair was traveling northbound across the westbound lanes of Pulaski Highway in the Camry’s path of travel. This area was not well lit, and the man was not wearing reflective clothes, carrying a flashlight, or using a crosswalk. The Camry struck the man in the left lane causing the man to be ejected from the wheelchair and land in the left westbound lane of Pulaski Highway just beyond the intersection.
The person who was struck, a 69-year-old man from New Castle, Delaware, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until his family and relatives are notified.
The driver of the Camry, a 47-year-old man from Newark, Delaware, was not injured. The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was 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 Master Corporal J. Forester by calling 302-365-8485. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.