A Maryland man was struck and killed July 24 after exiting a car on Route 1 south of Dewey Beach.
Sidney Wolf, 43, of Clarksburg, Md., and five others had taken a Lyft at 1:44 a.m. to take them from Dewey Beach to their residence in Bethany Beach when a disagreement occurred between the group and the Lyft operator, said Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.
The Lyft driver stopped the vehicle in the middle of the southbound Route 1 left lane near Anchor Way and demanded all six passengers get out. As the passengers got out of the vehicle, Hatchell said, a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by a man, 27, approached the Lyft car in the left lane, and it changed lanes to avoid striking the Lyft car. As the driver switched lanes, Hatchell said, he failed to see Wolf standing in the roadway, and the left front of the Toyota struck him. The Toyota driver immediately pulled over after the crash; the Lyft driver fled southbound on Route 1, Hatchell said.
Wolf was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The other five passengers were not injured after exiting the Lyft vehicle. The roadway was closed for about four hours while the collision was investigated and roadway cleared.
The operator or the Lyft vehicle has not been identified yet and remains under investigation, Hatchell said.
The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this collision. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Master Cpl. Argo at 302-703-3264. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or at delawarecrimestoppers.com.