Two pedestrians were struck and killed by a car while attempting to cross Del. Route 1 in Rehoboth early Sunday morning, according to state police.
Rehoboth Beach residents Scott M. Emory, 33, and Cheryl M. Dunn-Winchester, 28, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 1, just south of John J. Williams Highway.
State police said Emory and Dunn-Winchester were walking east across the southbound lanes of Route 1 at about 2:20 a.m., when they were both hit by a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta heading south in the far left lane of the highway.
The Volkswagen continued south after the collision before stopping in the parking lot of a Wendy’s about one-tenth of a mile from the crash scene, police said.
The driver, 25-year-old Rehoboth Beach resident Lisa M. Governa, was wearing seatbelt and was not injured in the crash, police said.
Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier noted that the area where the crash occurred is dimly lit and the pedestrians were not in a crosswalk.
He said alcohol also was a factor, although he did not elaborate on whether the pedestrians, the driver or all three were under the influence.
The crash remained under investigation as of Sunday.
North and southbound lanes of Route 1, south of John J. Williams Highway, were closed for more than four hours while police investigated and cleared the crash scene.