University of Delaware

Fatal accident

Early morning accident takes the life of one student, injures another


9:06 a.m., Oct. 18, 2013--Ethan Connolly, a 19-year-old sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Medway, Mass., was struck by pickup truck and killed early Friday, Oct. 18, while walking on Route 896, near Gbc Drive, about 3 miles south of Newark. 

Injured in the accident was Daniel Bernstein, 18, a freshman in the Lerner College of Business and Economics from New York City. He was taken to Christiana Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.

"On behalf of the University community, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Connolly's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Bernstein, his family and friends," said Dawn Thompson, interim vice president for student life. "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event and the loss of a member of our community."

UD students are encouraged to contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141 for any needed support and assistance during this time. In addition, the staff in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to meet with any student who wishes to talk. Call 302-831-8939 to schedule an appointment or stop by 101 Hullihen Hall.

According to Delaware State Police, the students were walking across Route 896 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Oct. 18, when they were struck by a Ford Ranger traveling north. The Delaware State Police investigation is continuing.  

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