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Milford man, 52, killed while crossing Route 113 north of Milford

December 1, 2019

A 52-year-old Milford man was killed Nov. 29 while crossing Route 113 north of Milford.

George A. Burton was walking at 6:06 p.m. when he tried to cross Route 113 south of Airport Road, and he walked directly in the path of a Chrysler traveling southbound on Route 113, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

The driver, an 80-year-old Seaford man, tried to brake but could not avoid Burton, who was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle and then onto the pavement in the left lane of travel, Austin said. Burton was then struck by two additional vehicles, which did not remain on scene; the Chrysler came to a controlled stop and remained on scene, he said.

Burton was not wearing any reflective clothing, not carrying a light, and not utilizing a crosswalk, and the area where he was attempting to cross has no overhead street lighting, Austin said.

Burton was initially transported to Bayhealth Milford and later transferred to Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Chrysler, who was properly restrained, was transported to Bayhealth Milford where he was treated for minor injuries.

Route 113 was closed for about four hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.

The Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate on behalf of the Milford Police Department and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sgt. J. Wheatley by calling (302) 698-8518.