New Castle, DE - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a crash in which a pedestrian was injured this morning.
The preliminary investigation revealed the incident happened at approximately 8:42 a.m., Thursday July 23, 2015, as a 23 year old Delaware State Trooper assigned to Troop 2 patrol, was operating a fully marked 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Cruiser and was traveling westbound on Memorial Drive and was the second car stopped at the red light. Once the traffic light turned green the traffic started to make the left turn onto US 13 southbound. The vehicle, in front of the police cruiser stopped suddenly once it turned onto US 13. The police cruiser also suddenly stopped behind the first vehicle. When the traffic began to move forward again, the police cruiser also began to move again and the front right bumper struck the pedestrian in the right lane who then fell to the ground. The police cruiser immediately stopped in the right lane of US 13 southbound.
The pedestrian was transported by EMS to the Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Trooper was properly seat belted at the time of the crash and was uninjured.
It was learned the pedestrian, Dajuan Saunders, 26 of New Castle, had just gotten off of a DART bus at the bus stop on US 13 and started to cross the road right where he stepped off the bus and was struck. The pedestrian was directly in front of an enclosed bus stop shelter. Also, approximately 50’ north of the bus stop is a marked crosswalk with functioning pedestrian crossing signals, which the pedestrian did not utilize.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.