The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office will not be filing charges against an Ocean City police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian with her cruiser in May.
“After reviewing the investigators’ findings, State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby has informed us that while the outcome in the incident was tragic, there is no criminal liability to consider,” Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said.
On May 5, 67-year-old Jeffrey Yale Delong was crossing Coastal Highway east to west around 94th Street with two other pedestrians around 1:11 a.m. He was struck by a marked police Chevy Tahoe operated by Officer Xeniya Patterson.
Delong was taken by Ocean City Emergency Medical Services to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was declared dead, according to press releases. Patterson was not injured in the collision.