Ne­wark woman struck, killed cross­ing Capi­tol Trail

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER -

A Ne­wark woman died as she at­tempted to cross the west­bound lanes of Capi­tol Trail east of Ne­wark last week.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as 51-year-old Bar­bara Fels.

The crash hap­pened at ap­prox­i­mately 2:20 a.m. Aug. 31 in the area of Dar win Drive, across from the Wawa, ac­cord­ing to Delaware State Po­lice spokesman Mas­ter Cpl. Jef­frey Hale.

“She stepped di­rectly into the path of a 2007 Volk­swa­gen Jetta, which was be­ing op­er­ated by a 33-year-old Wilm­ing­ton man,” Hale said. “The op­er­a­tor of the Jetta swerved to the right in an at­tempt to avoid the col­li­sion, how­ever, he was un­suc­cess­ful.” Fels died at the scene. Hale said Fels was wear­ing dark cloth­ing, did not use a marked cross­walk and is be­lieved to have been un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

The driver of the car, whose name po­lice did not re­lease, was not in­jured. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing, but Hale said po­lice do not ex­pect to file charges.

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