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Fatal Pedestrian Accident 4-23-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-12969

Date/Time:   Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at approximately 6:57PM

Location:   Southbound US Route 13 (N. DuPont Hwy) at Townsend Boulevard

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident where a pedestrian was struck on Sunday night.  At approximately 6:57PM, Brenda Beckner (60) was crossing US Route 13 from east to west against the pedestrian signal with her service dog across the roadway.  As Beckner continued to cross against the signal, a 2003 Subaru Outback operated by Edward Husbands (47), of Milton, DE was traveling s/b on US Route 13, approaching Townsend Blvd.  Beckner was struck by the Outback and sustained fatal injuries as a result.  Husbands continued southbound from the scene after failing to stop immediately after striking Beckner.  Husbands was followed by a witness who alerted police via phone and Husbands eventually stopped in the parking lot of Royal Farms located at 295 S. DuPont Highway in Dover (approximately 1.5 miles from the accident scene).  Husbands was taken into custody without incident and was released after being questioned about the incident.  Charges are pending further investigation and review of the incident.