No charges filed

UPDATE: Delaware State Police have identified 48-year-old Rhonda Oliver, of New York, as the pedestrian who was struck on Sunday, Oct. 15, on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth.


The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on Route 1 (Coastal Highway) in the area of Rehoboth Avenue.

The incident occurred at around 1:15 a.m on Sunday, Oct. 15, as a 2003 Toyota Celica being operated by a 19-year-old Rehoboth man was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway in the left lane, approaching Rehoboth Avenue.

At the same time, a 48-year-old female from New York began to walk eastbound, across the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway, without utilizing a crosswalk. She walked directly into the path of the Toyota and was struck. The operator of the Toyota came to a stop and remained at the scene.

The victim was treated on scene before being transported to Beebe Hospital with significant traumatic injuries. Once stabilized, the victim was transferred to Christiana Hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition.

The Toyota operator was properly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained no injuries. Drug or alcohol involvement is not being considered a factor on his behalf. No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation continues.

The northbound lanes of Coastal Highway were closed for about three hours while the crash scene was processed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. A. Mendez of the Sussex County Collision Reconstruction Unit, Troop 7, at 302-703-3269