Delmarva Power worker killed in vehicle pedestrian accident

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A Delmarva Power employee was killed while walking on the shoulder of DuPont Highway.

The incident occurred on Friday at about 8:46 a.m., when a Toyota Highlander was traveling on DuPont Highway from the traffic signal at the intersection with Lochmeath Way, Dover.

A pedestrian, who was a Delmarva Power employee had stopped his vehicle on the southbound shoulder of South DuPont Highway just south of Lochmeath Way and activated a yellow flashing amber light that was attached to the top of his vehicle. The pedestrian was wearing a florescent safety vest, had left his car parked and began walking north of his vehicle.

The operator of the Highlander indicated that while he was driving southbound, his vehicle began to experience problems. The operator proceeded to pull onto the southbound shoulder where he struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 20-year-old man from Wildwood Crest, NJ, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

The operator of the Highlander, a 33-year-old man from New Castle was taken to Kent Bayhealth Hospital where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

The crash continues to remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collison Reconstruction Unit.

The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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