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Virginia Man Critically Injured In Bethany Crash

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SOUTH BETHANY BEACH, De.- Delaware state police say a Virginia man is in critical condition after being hit by a car in South Bethany Beach.

Troopers say the incident happened 5:30 Sunday morning as 67 year old Miguel Rivera Oropeza of Arlington, Virginia was walking in the right lane on Route 1 northbound in an unknown direction.  Carl V. Roma, 57 of Endicott, New York was driving a Cadillac DTS in that lane approaching Assawoman Street when he struck Roma with the car.  Troopers say Roma was unable to see Oropeza, because Oropeza was not wearing light or reflective clothing.  Troopers say Roma stopped his car after the collision.

Oropeza was taken by EMS to Beebe Healthcare, before being taken to Christiana Medical Center by helicopter according to police.  Police say he is in critical condition, and alcohol may be a factor on his behalf.   

Roma was not hurt in the crash, and was taken to Troop 4 by officers where a DUI investigation was conducted.  Police charged Roma with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and No Proof of Insurance.  Roma was released with a traffic citation and will appear in court at a later date. 

Route 1 northbound near Assawoman Street was closed for four hours during the investigation Sunday morning. 

If anyone may have witnessed this incident they are asked to contact Master Corporal J. Burns at 302-703-3266, or at Delaware Crime Stoppers.  Alternatively, anonymous tips can be texted to 274637 using the keyword "DSP"

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