Man struck by state police cruiser in Dewey remains in critical condition

May 26, 2013

Delaware State Police continue to investigate a serious crash in which a pedestrian was struck by a state trooper on Route 1 north of Dewey early morning May 26.

Brian T. McDermott, 24, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., was walking northbound on Route 1 along the shoulder close to the right southbound lane near Rogers Avenue at 1:19 a.m. when the accident happened, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

Shavack said McDermott was walking with a group of people; all of them were on the sidewalk except for McDermott. Witnesses interviewed said McDermott was straddling the line between the shoulder and travel lane when he was hit, Shavack said, adding McDermott was wearing khaki shorts and a light-colored shirt but nothing reflective to make him visible.

The right front corner of the police cruiser driven by Trooper First Class Matthew Rosner, 27, struck McDermott and threw him onto the roadway, Shavack said. Shavack would not say how fast Rosner was driving because of the ongoing investigation. The right-front corner of the patrol car was damaged, Shavack said.

"We're continueing to investigate the accident and are reviewing dash-cam footage for the patrol vehicle," Shavack said.

McDermott was taken by Delaware State Police Aviation Helicopter Trooper 2 to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was admitted and remains in critical but stable condition, Shavack said.

Rosner, who has worked as an officer for three years, was properly restrained and not injured. He remains on full duty as a patrolman out of Troop 7, Shavack said.

Coastal Highway southbound at Rogers Avenue was closed for about three hours while the crash was cleared. Because of the ongoing investigation, Shavack would not say whether there are pending charges.