NEW CASTLE – A pedestrian was fatally struck by a Freightliner tow truck on I-95 Monday morning, Delaware State Police officials said.
DSP is investigating, said Senior Cpl. Jason Hatchell in a prepared statement.
On Monday, at approximately 11:44 a.m., a 2019 Freightliner tow truck was traveling northbound on I-95 in the right lane of travel, Cpl. Hatchell said. At the same time, a 2012 Ford Escape had pulled over to the right shoulder of I-95 just north of the exit to Route 141 southbound, Cpl. Hatchell said.
As the Freightliner neared the Ford Escape, for unknown reasons, the sole occupant allegedly exited his vehicle and entered into the right lane of travel. The Freightliner attempted to swerve to the left, but was unable to avoid the collision and struck the pedestrian, Cpl. Hatchell said.
The 25-year-old male victim of Bear died at the scene. The name of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin, Cpl. Hatchell said.
The 51-year-old operator of the tow truck of Clayton was not injured in the crash, Cpl. Hatchell said.
The two right lanes of I-95 northbound were closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared, he said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Detective Tenebruso by calling 302-365-8435. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet.