Newark Police car strikes, kills man
A pedestrian died last week after being struck by a Newark Police car in front of the Robscott neighborhood.
The crash happened at 9:38 p.m. March 2 on East Chestnut Hill Road, near the intersection with Argyle Road.
The police car was heading east in the left lane when 40-year-old Robert George, of Newark, “entered into its path of travel,” said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, a spokeswoman for Delaware State Police.
The police car hit George, causing him to strike the hood and windshield of the car and then fall onto the roadway. He died at the scene.
“The pedestrian was wearing darkcolored clothing and was not utilizing a
marked crosswalk, was not carrying an illuminated device, and was not wearing any reflective material,” Jaffe said.
The officer was not hurt. He was responding to a non-emergency call and thus did not have his emergency
lights and siren on. Speed was not a factor in the crash, Jaffe said.
Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, would not provide the officer’s name or say if he was placed on leave during the investigation.
“Due to the fact that this is an active state police investigation, we are not making any additional comments
pending the conclusion of their investigation,” Bryda wrote in an email.
The crash happened during a powerful Nor’easter that brought strong winds, rain and some snow to the area and prompted officials statewide to warn of hazardous driving conditions.
“Please be careful driving as conditions are getting worse,” the Newark Police Department wrote
on Facebook a few hours before the crash. The lighthearted social media post also included a Dr. Seuss poem and a meme from the “I Can Has Cheezburger” website.
The crash marks the second time in five months a Newark Police car has struck a pedestrian. In November, an officer driving an unmarked car hit a 2-year-old girl being
pushed on a tricycle in front of the police station on South Main Street. The child escaped with only minor injuries.
After that incident, an NPD spokesman said that under department policy, officers involved in crashes typically return to normal duty. An officer would be put on administrative leave only if criminal actions are suspected.