Pedestrian struck, seriously injured near Laurel

DSP logoLAUREL, DELAWARE (3/24/2015) A woman walking across a road was seriously injured when she was struck by a car Thursday night north of Laurel, state police said.

The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. on Seaford Road (Alternate U.S. 13).

Police said Ebony Davis, 29, of Seaford, was driving a 2011 Lincoln MKZ and parked on the northbound shoulder,

A passenger, Sandra Thompson, 59, of Laurel, got out of the vehicle and for undetermined reasons began walking across both lanes of the roadway, police said.

As she was standing in the center of the southbound lane, she was struck by the front of a 2007 Mitsubishi Galant, police said.

Thompson was thrown into the windshield and then back onto the roadway.

The Galant’s driver, Rykesh Smith, 24, of Seaford,  attempted to swerve to avoid Thompson and then made a controlled stop in the southbound lane, police said. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Thompson was first taken by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford and later flown to Christiana Hospital in Stanton.

Police said alcohol, and a combination of dark clothing, in a dark unlit area and not crossing in a designated crosswalk may have been contributing factors on behalf of the pedestrian.

Southbound Seaford Road was closed about 2½ hours as police investigated.

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