The Pennsylvania man who was fatally struck by an Ocean City Police patrol car while walking against the traffic signal last week was crossing 94th Street to catch a ride from the bus, resort officials said this week.
“Apparently, there was a group trying to get on the bus, and one guy made it and the other didn’t arrive safely,” Acting Superintendent of Transportation Wayne Pryor said during Tuesday’s Transportation Commission.
Jeffrey Yale Delong, 67, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania was crossing Coastal Highway east to west in a crosswalk on 94th Street around 1:11 a.m. on May 3. He was struck by a marked police Chevy Tahoe that was southbound. The car was driven by on-duty officer Officer Xeniya Patterson, a five-year veteran.
According to Pryor, Delong was visiting Ocean City on a golfing trip. After the crash, he was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was declared dead.