The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious hit and run crash in Ocean View that left a male pedestrian injured this morning.
The preliminary investigation indicates the crash occurred today, Monday, June 12, at about 11 a.m., as 69-year-old Stephen K. Rapley, of Bethany Beach, was standing near the passenger side of a 2016 Ford Econoline box truck in the parking lot of the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop, located at 34634 Atlantic Avenue. An unknown make and model red car entered the parking lot and struck the right side of the box truck, subsequently pinning the pedestrian in between the vehicles. After impact, the car stopped and the driver and passenger switched positions.
Rapley was treated at the scene by the Sussex County Paramedics and was transported to Beebe Healthcare, where he was admitted with multiple injuries.
Troopers continue to collect and analyze evidence at the scene to determine make and model of the suspect vehicle. The parking lot in the area of the collision was closed for approximately one hour while the crash was investigated and cleared.
Troopers are attempting to locate the driver and vehicle that fled this crash and request anyone with information in reference to this incident contact the Cpl. T. Wright at Troop 4 at 302-752-3898. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”