Pedestrian struck by van critically injured

GEORGETOWN – A Milford man walking on the roadway was critically injured Sunday evening when he was struck by a van operated an unlicensed driver who fled the scene, Delaware State Police report.

The incident occurred July 22 at approximately 9:16 p.m.

State police investigation determined a GMC work van was westbound on County Seat Highway (US 9) approaching Tyndall Road when the van struck a pedestrian walking in the westbound lane of traffic.

After the collision, the van continued westbound on US 9 without stopping. A witness behind the van called 911 to report the incident and provide a brief description of the vehicle, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

A trooper on patrol in the area observed a vehicle matching the description on Taylor Mill Road and a traffic stop was conducted. Damage was found to the front of the vehicle, connecting it to the collision involving the pedestrian, said Cpl. Jaffe.

The pedestrian, a 30-year-old Milford man, sustained critical injuries. He was transported by ambulance to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the Christiana Hospital, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The operator of the van, a 25-year-old man from Salisbury, MD was found to be driving without a license, Cpl. Jaffe said.  He was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with driving without a license, leaving the scene of a personal injury collision and failure to report a personal injury collision. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $2,001 cash only bond.

The roadway was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

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