DSP investigating South Bethany pedestrian crash


The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation of a crash south of Bethany Beach over the weekend.

The crash occurred on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 a.m., as Carl V. Roma, 57, of Endicott, N.Y., was traveling northbound on Coastal Highway. At the same time, Arlington, Va., resident Miguel Rivera Oropeza, 67, was reportedly walking in the right lane of north-bound Route 1 in an unknown direction.

Roma, who was traveling in a 2008 Cadillac DTS, was unable to see Oropeza because, according to police, the latter was in the road without a light or reflective clothing.

Oropeza was reportedly struck by the center of the car, throwing him to the ground. Following the collision, Roma came to a controlled stop in the right lane, according to police.

Troopers said Oropeza was initially transported to Beebe Healthcare by EMS before being flown to Christiana Medical Center, where he is currently admitted in critical condition. The State Police believe alcohol may have been a factor on his behalf.

Roma, who was uninjured in the incident, was transported by troopers to Troop 4 in Georgetown where a DUI investigation was conducted. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and No Proof of Insurance, and released on the traffic citation to appear in court at a later date.

Those who may have witnessed the incident are asked to contact Master Cpl. J. Burns at (302) 703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”