Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in Bethany Friday morning.
On May 19, 2023, at approximately 10:15 a.m., a Hyundai Tucson was traveling southeast in the parking lot of Walgreens, located at 32979 Coastal Highway in Bethany. A pedestrian was walking in the same parking lot, traveling north toward Walgreens. The Tucson began making a sharp left turn to pull into a parking space. As the Tucson entered the parking space, the front of the vehicle struck the pedestrian, who was walking within that same parking space.
The driver of the Tucson, an 82-year-old woman from Bowie, Maryland, was not injured during the collision. The pedestrian, identified as Celeste Speer, 89, of Bethany Beach, Delaware, was transported to an area hospital, where she died. The parking lot of Walgreens was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.
The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed this collision to contact Sergeant J. Burns by calling 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
Source: Delaware State Police Newsroom