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Pedestrian Hit in Crash North of Laurel


LAUREL, Del.- Delaware State Police are investigating after a pedestrian was hit during a crash north of Laurel.

Troopers say it happened Monday night just after 8:30 p.m.

According to state police, 29-year-old Ebony Davis of Seaford pulled her vehicle over onto the northbound shoulder of Seaford Road. Troopers say a passenger, 59-year-old Sandra Thompson of Laurel, then exited the parked vehicle and, for undetermined reasons, began walking across both lanes of the road.

Troopers say 24-year-old Rykesh Smith of Seaford was traveling southbound in his vehicle on Seaford Road and hit Thompson, who was standing in the center of the southbound lane.

State police say Smith's vehicle hit Thompson with the front of his vehicle, which caused her to strike his windshield and threw her back onto the northbound lane of Seaford Road.

Troopers say Smith's vehicle then came to a complete stop on the northbound side of the road after he tried to swerve to avoid hitting Thompson.

According to state police, Sandra Thompson was transported to Nanticoke Hospital for serious injuries. She was later flown to Christiana Hospital.

Rykesh Smith was properly restrained and was not injured in the crash.

Troopers say alcohol, a combination of dark clothing in an unlit area as well as not crossing in a designated crosswalk may have been contributing factors on Thompson's behalf.

State police say southbound Seaford Road was shut down for about two-and-a-half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Delaware State Police continue to investigate the crash.

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