52-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a one vehicle crash that has left a 52 year old man dead in New Castle Tuesday evening.

The preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at approximately 6:20 p.m., as a 2004 Ford Explorer, operated by a 33 year old female, was traveling southbound in the left hand lane of DE Rt. 9 (New Castle Avenue) just south of Rogers Road. The Explorer then struck a male pedestrian, later identified as Claude A. Kellam, 52, of New Castle, who was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of DE Rt. 9. The force of the impact threw Kellam into the air. He then landed in the left hand lane of southbound DE Rt. 9.

Claude Kellam was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from multiple traumatic injuries. Neither the operator of the Ford Explorer nor a 56 year old male passenger in her vehicle was injured. Both were properly restrained at the time of the crash.

New Castle Avenue in the area of the crash scene remained closed for approximately two hours as the crash was being investigated and cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. No charges have been filed at this time.