Pedestrian critically injured on Route 1 in Rehoboth

October 15, 2017

Story Location:
Route 1
Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach  Delaware
United States

A 48-year-old New York woman was critically injured Oct. 15 when she was hit by a car while crossing Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach.

The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m., when the woman, later identified as Rhonda Oliver, walked east across the northbound lanes of Route 1 without using the marked, signal-controlled pedestrian crosswalk, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

As Oliver crossed the road, she walked directly into the path of a 2003 Toyota Celica headed north in the left northbound lane of Route 1 near Rehoboth Avenue. The front right of the vehicle hit the woman before coming to a stop. The 19-year-old Rehoboth man driving the car remained at the scene.

Oliver was treated on scene before she was taken to Beebe Healthcare with traumatic injuries. Once stabilized, she was taken to Christiana Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition.

The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured. No charges have been filed at this time, Austin said.

The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for about three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. An investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call Sgt. A. Mendez at 302-703-3269.