UPDATE: Police ID Victim Of Pedestrian Fatality On Route 113



Delaware State Police have released the identity of the Seaford man who died when he was hit by a car while on foot along Route 113 near Millsboro. 21-year-old Smith Florestal died in a hospital after he was struck Monday night.

Original Story:

A man who parked his vehicle along Route 113 and got out was struck and killed by a car late Monday night.

Delaware State Police said a 21-year-old Seaford man stopped on the southbound shoulder of Route 113 near Molly Field Road south of Millsboro and ventured onto the roadway on foot. He was in the left travel lane when a southbound car driven by a 31-year-old Frankford man struck him.

The victim was flown to Christiana Hospital and was pronounced dead. The driver stopped at the scene and was not hurt. A five-year-old child was also in the vehicle and was not injured.

Delaware State Police are still investigating the incident, which closed DuPont Boulevard in the area for about three hours. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Troop Seven Collision Reconstruction Unit at  302-644-5020 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333.

Police said the driver was unable to see the man in the roadway.

Delaware State Police released this safety information for pedestrians and drivers:

  • Be visible. When walking at night, wear bright-colored clothing. Use a flashlight or reflective items.
  • Never dart out. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible.  This is where drivers expect pedestrians.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, turn on your flashers and stay with your vehicle until assistance arrives.
  • Use pedestrian pushbuttons and wait for the walk signal to cross.
  • Take your time to cross. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area and wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely. Continue to watch traffic as you cross.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. Walk on the shoulder facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
  • Keep alert at all times. Don’t be distracted by cellphones and electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs. They impair your judgment and coordination.