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Fatal Route 24 Pedestrian Accident Ignites Safety Concerns

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LEWES, Del.. - On the side of the road, just east of the intersection of Camp Arrowhead Road and Route 24, debris from a car litters the grass. A family of four walks along this area, some with tears in their eyes as they take in the scene where their father and grandfather lost his life.

75-year old William McCafferty of Lewes died Wednesday morning, just before 6:00am, in a pedestrian-accident. In the aftermath, the family is mourning and many neighbors are calling for safety improvements on this section of the road, as well as many others on Route 24.

"It's tragic," said his grandson who didn't give his name. "I don't even know what to think."

His grandson described to WBOC who his grandfather was as a person.

"He was just an all around type of man," he said. "And he loved his family. I mean that was the most important thing to him... I just hope that he went peacefully and didn't have to suffer at all."

The Office of Highway Safety did not have 2014 numbers on the amount of accidents, but tell WBOC there were 158 accidents between Route One and Camp Arrowhead Road between 2011 and 2013. Susan Schenkel, an employee at the General Store in the Peddler's Village Shopping Center, said she's seen many of these accidents.

"There's always something going on," she said. "There's always an accident. There's always something."

The Delaware Department of Transportation told WBOC that this intersection, along with many others on Route 24 is considered an area that needs safety improvements. Jim Satterfield of DelDOT tells WBOC that "Preliminary Engineering" could start as soon as Fiscal Year 2016. After multiple years of acquiring Right of Way, the construction could start by as soon as Fiscal Year 2019.

Satterfield said that this time-table could become longer or shorter, depending on how much funding is received.

Sonia Johnson, who WBOC caught up with at the General Store Wednesday morning, said she hoped the accident would lead to a change.

"They really need it," she said. "Because he's not the only person whose been hit there."

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