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Update to Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation

After being contacted by numerous witnesses as a result of the initial press release asking for more information, it was learned that the victim, Bruce Johnson, was walking southbound across West Division Street, away from the Bennie Smith Funeral Home and not northbound as indicated previously.  The Dover Police Department thanks those who contacted the investigating officer for providing the information.

Incident #:
50-14-25945     Date/Time: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:16PM

Location: West Division Street, in front of Bennie Smith Funeral Home Dover, DE


A 51 year-old man from Goldsboro, MD has died after being struck by a vehicle on Friday evening.  Bruce Johnson (51) attempted to cross West Division Street to get to the Bennie Smith Funeral Home (walking northbound) and stepped directly into the path of a 2008 Jeep Compass that was traveling eastbound on West Division Street.  The driver of the Jeep could not stop in time, and struck Johnson.  Johnson was taken to the Bayhealth Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.  There will be no charges filed against the driver and alcohol is not a factor in the accident.  No other injuries were reported by others involved in the accident.  Police are aware that several people witnessed the accident and are asking them to call 302-736-7122 ext. 7828 with any additional information.

Officer Releasing Information:
Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer (302)-736-7130