No charges for driver

UPDATE: Delaware State Police have identified 22-year-old Peter M. Rudnicki, of Bethesda, Maryland, as the pedestrian that was struck and killed on Friday, May 25, on Coastal Highway, south of Dewey Beach.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal car accident involving a pedestrian near Dewey beach.

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, on Coastal Highway (Route 1) northbound at the intersection of Keybox Road, just south of Dewey Beach. A 2012 Hyundai Accent, operated by a 56-year-old Lewes man, was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway in the right lane, approaching the intersection of Keybox Road, as a pedestrian was walking southbound along the northbound shoulder in the area of the intersection.

For unknown reasons, the pedestrian entered into the northbound travel lane of Coastal Highway, directly into the path of the vehicle, and was struck. The vehicle continued northbound for a short distance before coming to a controlled stop.

The roadway was dark and the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk or carrying a light at the time of the collision. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. Alcohol and unsafe speed are not factors on behalf of the driver. Alcohol does appear to be a contributing factor on behalf of the pedestrian.

The operator of the Hyundai Accent was properly restrained and sustained no injuries as a result of the crash.

The northbound lanes of Coastal Highway were closed between Dewey Beach and the Inlet Bridge for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.