Former state representative Ben Ewing dies in pedestrian crash

BRIDGEVILLE – Former State Representative J. Benjamin Ewing died Tuesday afternoon in a pedestrian accident near Bridgeville, Delaware State Police report.

Mr. Ewing. 84, was struck and killed by a car while he was in the roadway near his home.

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Preliminary investigation indicates the incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday as Janet L. Bradley, 60, of Bridgeville, was westbound in a 2016 Mazda CX5 on Federalsburg road near Barnes Road, said state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

For undetermined reason, Mr. Ewing Jr., was in the westbound lane when he was struck by the Mazda’s front right bumper. The impact threw Mr. Ewing onto the shoulder of the roadway.

Mr. Ewing, who was a Delaware State Police Deputy Superintendent prior to his tenure in the General Assembly, was pronounced dead at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics, Cpl. Fournier said.

A Republican, Mr. Ewing served 21 years in the General Assembly as the 35th District representative, from 1987 to 2008.

Governor Jack Markell extended his deepest sympathies to Mr. Ewing’s family.

“It’s hard to think about Bridgeville without thinking about the impact Ben Ewing had on that community for decades,” Gov. Markell said. “From his service in the Marine Corps, to his career with the state police, to his time as an elected representative, Ben’s career was one of service to his country, state, and the people of the 35th District. Ben and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and in the tough days to come.”

House Minority Leader Danny Short, R-Seaford, stated, “One of the very first calls I received when I was first elected to the House in 2006 was from Ben. He gave me great advice when it came to how best to serve the constituents of Delaware. Ben was a wise man with outstanding political instincts. Mostly, though, he was a trusted friend. He will be terribly missed and I extend our help and love to his family as they mourn this significant loss.”

Rep. Dave Wilson. R-Cedar Creek Hundred, who was elected to serve the 35th District upon Rep. Ewing’s retirement in 2008, said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about Ben’s passing. He was such a great friend to me and one of my closest confidants. Since being first elected, it’s been my mission to carry on Ben’s public service legacy in the 35th District and I am more committed now than ever to make sure that continues. I offer my most heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends and will always remain grateful to have known Rep. Ewing, affectionately referred to as ‘Gentle Ben.’”

Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident.  Alcohol and speed were not contributing factors in this case, Cpl. Fournier said.

Federalsburg Road was closed between Barnes Road and Wesley Church Road for approximately three hours.

Anyone with any information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo at 302-703-3264.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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