Dewey Beach car crash kills two DC men

The Delaware State Police are assisting the Dewey Beach Police Department with the investigation of a fatal car crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017

The investigation indicates that a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban operated by a 61 year old New York man was traveling Coastal Hwy., northbound south of Saulsbury St. when he suffered an acute medical event causing him to black out. At this time the Chevrolet crossed into the Coastal Hwy. southbound lanes and rapidly accelerated in a northerly direction towards the Starboard Bar & Restaurant, where two Washington D.C. men, ages 53 and 58 were standing while straddling their bicycles.

One man was on the Coastal Hwy. southbound shoulder, the other on the sidewalk. Both victims attempted to move out of the path of the Chevrolet but were unable to do so and were struck by the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle simultaneously struck a DP&L utility pole, severing it at ground level. After striking the two victims and the utility pole the Chevrolet continued into the Starboard parking lot where it struck an unoccupied 2015 Jeep Wrangler, before coming to rest.

Both Washington D.C. men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Delaware State Police have identified the two men as James D. Walton, 53 and Richard G. Chittick 58, both of Washington D.C.

Investigators are requesting that anyone who may have witnessed the crash or otherwise encountered the involved vehicle prior to the collision occurring to call police.

The investigation is ongoing