Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Dies after being hit by a Van
DELAWARE – According to an online news report at scsuntimes.com, a twenty three year old woman from New Jersey who was attempting to go across Newport Gap Pike was struck by a van that had a green light. The crash occurred at the intersection of Newport Gap Pike and Faulkland Road.*
According to the Delaware State Police, it was determined that the woman pedestrian was walking on Faulkland Road approaching the intersection of Newport Gap Pike going in an easterly direction. She stopped at the intersection due to a red light that controls the crossing of Newport Gap Pike from east to west. She waited in the construction zone close to construction barrels. As she was waiting, there were two automobiles on her right going south on Newport Gap Pile that had stopped at the red light. The red light was to stop traffic for the pedestrian as well as traffic on Faulkland Road. The light was green for traffic going northbound on Newport Gap Pike.
Unaware of this, a driver of one of the vehicles located on the southbound lanes of Newport Gap Pike indicated to the woman that she could cross because this driver had a red light. The woman saw the driver’s gesture to cross and walked onto Newport Gap Pike without looking both ways to determine if traffic was coming from the northbound lanes of the roadway, which still had a green light.
Due to the construction area, the pedestrian first stepped into the northerly lane of the roadway. At this time, a Ford E-350 van was going north on Newport Gap Pike. As a result, the van struck the woman, who died at the scene of the accident as a result of the impact of the crash.
The driver of the van, a man aged forty five from Pennsylvania, immediately stopped into the shoulder. The man was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. The van was carrying four teen girls, aged 15 to 17. No one was injured in the van. The Newport Gap Pike was closed for over two hours while emergency personnel worked the scene.
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