Delaware woman in wheelchair hit by 3 cars, killed

Pictured: Edith McFarland during an interview with Action News in 2002.
September 25, 2012 10:10:37 AM PDT
A woman using a wheelchair was struck by three vehicles and killed in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday night. Police say all three drivers fled the scene.

The victim, 58-year-old Edith McFarland, used a wheelchair after losing her leg in another hit-and-run more than 20 years ago.

Action News interviewed McFarland in 2002 for a story when her wheelchair was stolen.

Delaware State Police say it was approximately 6:35 p.m. when McFarland was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of South Market Street (US 13) near the entrance to the Fairview Inn in her wheelchair.

In the process of crossing the roadway, police say McFarland was struck by what is described as a gold truck or SUV that was traveling southbound on South Market Street.

The impact ejected McFarland from her wheelchair into the southbound lanes of South Market Street, where she was then struck by two additional vehicles, police said.

All three striking vehicles fled southbound on US 13. McFarland was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial striking vehicle, the gold truck or SUV, has damage to the front end and grill of the vehicle.

The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this incident.


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