Pedestrian critically injured when struck by vehicle south of Bethany Beach

SOUTH BETHANY – A 67-year-old Virginia man was critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning on Coastal Highway.

Delaware State Police troopers charged the driver, Carl Roma, 57, of Endicott, N.Y., with driving under the influence of alcohol and no proof of insurance. Mr. Roma was released on the traffic citation to appear in court at a later date.

Investigation revealed Miguel Rivera Oropeza, of Arlington, Va., was walking in the right lane of north bound SR1 (Coastal Highway) in an unknown direction, state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Mr. Roma, operating a 2008 Cadillac DTS, was unable to see the pedestrian due to Mr. Oropeza being in the roadway without a light or reflective clothing. The Cadillac struck Mr. Oropeza, throwing him to the ground, Cpl. Fournier said.

Mr. Oropeza was initially transported to Beebe Healthcare by EMS before being flown to Christiana Medical Center where he was admitted in critical condition.

The incident occurred at about 5:30 a.m.

SR1 northbound at Assawoman Street was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Master Corporal J. Burns at 302-703-3266.  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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