Virginia man dies in fatal pedestrian crash

GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police say alcohol may prove to be a contributing factor in a pedestrian crash Friday night that claimed the life of a Virginia man.

The incident occurred about 8:47 p.m. Dec. 22 on DuPont Boulevard near the intersection with Seashore Highway, according to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin.

Investigation revealed a 2006 Jaguar driven by a 53-year-old Pennsylvania woman was southbound on DuPont Boulevard approaching Seashore Highway.

Daniel W. Rohde Jr., 75, was attempting to cross DuPont Boulevard and proceeded directly into the path of the Jaguar. Mr. Rohde was struck by the right front bumper and thrown onto the hood and windshield of the Jaguar before falling into the southbound right lane of DuPont Boulevard.

Mr. Rohde was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS.

State police investigation revealed Mr. Rohde was wearing dark clothing, had no light and did not utilize a marked crosswalk.

Alcohol does appear to be a factor on his behalf, Cpl. Austin said.

Neither speed nor impairment are considered factors on driver’s behalf. The driver of Jaguar and a 24-year-old Pennsylvania man who was a front-seat passenger were not injured in the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Cpl. A. Mitchell at 302-703-3322. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

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