Delaware State Police Beat / Tipsy Irving Cannon took his last walk on the dark side into path of car on Coastal Highway

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Delaware State Police Beat / Tipsy Irving Cannon took his last walk on the dark side into path of car on Coastal Highway

Dark clothing & tipsy sprint into traffic at night = death in the center lane

REHOBOTH, DEL.– A man with a record of committing burglaries in the Delmarva area is no longer a threat to homes or businesses that he had previously invaded.

The Delaware State Police reports that their Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

The incident occurred around 9:42 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, as a 66-year-old Millville man was operating a 2015 Mercedes-Benz in the center lane on southbound Coastal Highway in the area of Old Landing Road.  A pedestrian was on foot and attempting to cross Coastal Highway in an easterly direction, directly in the path of the Mercedes-Benz.  The operator of the Mercedes-Benz was unable to avoid the pedestrian and struck the victim with the left front bumper.  The victim was forced up onto the hood and windshield before falling off in the middle of the far-left lane on Coastal Highway.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Mercedes-Benz came to a controlled stop on the southbound shoulder, south of the collision and remained at the scene.  The operator and passenger of the Mercedes-Benz were properly restrained and uninjured as a result of the crash. Alcohol/Unsafe speed is not a factor on behalf of the operator.

Police say that the pedestrian did just about everything possible to bring an early departure from this earth. The man, 54-year-old Irving T. Cannon III, of Rehoboth Beach, was wearing all dark clothing none of which was reflective, and was not carrying a light or crossing in a crosswalk.  Alcohol is being considered as a factor on his behalf.

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The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and asks anyone with information to please contact Detective J. Burns at (302) 703-3266.  No charges have been filed at this time.

The Southbound lanes of Coastal Highway in the area of Old Landing Road were closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Cannon was on a roll on March 6, 2008, when he requested a jury trial in Wicomico County Circuit Court on burglary charges.  At the time, he was a resident of the Wicomico County jail in Salisbury following his arrest. Cannon entered into a plea deal with the Wicomico States Attorney and his free attorney from the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury. THE DEAL: Cannon entered a guilty plea with a statement of facts on Feb. 26, 2009 for crimes committed on June 3, 2007. He was sentenced to 18 months and 29 days in jail with 3 months suspended to a charge of attempted theft with three other charges including burglary dropped by the prosecutor. Cannon, of Millsboro, Del., was originally charged by Maryland State Trooper Staten.

Irving’s ability to drive while intoxicated was interrupted by the State of Delaware and later restored. Court records show an order declaring the respondent a habitual offender effective Jan. 27, 1997, pursuant to 21 del. C. 2802(1) and the court hereby ordered that his driving privileges be revoked for five years, entered by Judge Richard F. Stokes.  The automatic restoration of driving privileges took place on April 11, 2000.


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