NEWARK, DEL.- The profoundly stupid don’t get smarter when adding booze to their system and then walking on a dark highway at nighttime. In fact, they may become embedded in the pavement. Apparently this latest pedestrian who drinks and walks on roadways never learned that lesson at home and skipped school the day the subject was taught.
Delaware State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash in which a pedestrian was critically injured that occurred last night in Newark.
The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred last night, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at approximately 8:44 p.m., as Sean W. Snyder, 32, of Newark, was walking with a second male subject in an eastbound direction on westbound Old Baltimore Pike west of Walther Road, Newark. Snyder was then struck by the driver’s side mirror of a 2006 Nissan Altima, which was being operated by Ashley Smith, 35, of Newark, and which was traveling in a westbound direction on Old Baltimore Pike.
Sean Snyder was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics. He was then removed from the scene by EMS and transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. Alcohol use on the part of Snyder is being considered as a factor in the crash. Snyder was also dressed in dark clothing and was not using a flashlight as required by law. He was cited by troopers with Walking on a Highway While Intoxicated, Failure to Carry a Light, and Stepping into the Path of a Car after Leaving a Curb. The second male subject was not injured.
Ashley Smith, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured.
Old Baltimore Pike was closed in both directions for approximately 25 minutes as the crash was investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police would like to offer these pedestrian safety tips to help educate and encourage pedestrians to make smart and safe decisions when walking near roadways.
- Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs. Look left, right, and left again. Only start to cross when it’s clear.
- Do not risk crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection just because it’s more convenient, especially on high-speed roadways. Cars cannot stop in time for you.
- Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the edge of the road as possible.
- Do not step into a crosswalk if it will create a hazard to motorists. When it is clear to cross, continue to watch for traffic while crossing the street until you have safely reached the other side.
- Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night. It’s the law.
- Teach children not to run into the street after balls or other toys, and don’t allow them to cross alone until you’ve practiced the basics with them.
- Do not walk under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired walking is like impaired driving; it is illegal and can be deadly.
- If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate or busy roadway, don’t leave your vehicle. Instead, call #77 or 911 for assistance. Motorists can also call #77 to report a disabled vehicle they see on the roadways.
- If you are driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians near the roadway.