Former legislator Benjamin Ewing struck, killed by SUV

Federalsburg Road at Barnes Road west of Bridgeville (Photo: Google maps)
Federalsburg Road at Barnes Road west of Bridgeville (Photo: Google maps)

BRIDGEVILLE, DELAWARE (1/27/2016) Former state Rep. J. Benjamin Ewing Jr. was struck and killed by an SUV west of Bridgeville on Tuesday, the Delaware State Police reported.

Ewing also was a former deputy superintendent of the state police.

Ewing, 84, who lived nearby, was walking in the westbound lane of Federalsburg Road just east of Barnes Road about 5:15 p.m. when he was struck by the right front bumper of a westbound Mazda CX5. Police said he was thrown onto the shoulder.

The Mazda came to a stop on the shoulder about 300 feet later.

The driver, Janet L. Bradley, 60, of Bridgeville, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, police said.

Ewing was pronounced dead at the scene by Sussex County paramedics.

Gov. Jack Markell said, ““It’s hard to think about Bridgeville without thinking about the impact Ben Ewing had on that community for decades. From his service in the Marine Corps, to his career with the state police, to his time as an elected representative, Ben’s career was one of service to his country, state, and the people of the 35th District. Ben and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and in the tough days to come.”

Ewing, a Republican, served in the legislature over 21 years, retiring in 2008.

Troopers are still investigating the crash but said alcohol and speed were not contributing factors.

Federalsburg Road was closed in the area about three hours.

Police asked anyone with information on the incident to call Master Cpl. K. Argo at 302-703-3264.

Tips also may be submitted anonymously through Delaware Crime Stoppers, which offers rewards, at 800-847-3333 or