Police: 52-Year-Old Man Killed In New Castle Crash

NEW CASTLE, Del., (CBS) — Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash that left a 52-year-old man dead in New Castle, Delaware Tuesday night.

Delaware State Police say around 6:20 p.m., a 2004 Ford Explorer, operated by a 33-year-old female, was traveling southbound in the left hand lane of DE Rt. 9 (New Castle Avenue) just south of Rogers Road.

According to police, the Explorer then struck a male pedestrian, later identified as 52-year-old Claude A. Kellam, of New Castle, who was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of DE Rt. 9.

Kellam was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from multiple traumatic injuries. Neither the driver of the Ford Explorer nor a 56-year-old male passenger in her vehicle was injured. Both were properly restrained at the time of the crash.

New Castle Avenue in the area of the crash scene remained closed for about two hours as the crash was being investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. No charges have been filed at this time.

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