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Lyft ride from Dewey Beach ends with rider fatally hit on highway

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What started out as a ride home via a popular ride-hailing service turned deadly early Sunday morning.

At 1:44 a.m. Sunday, a group of six people hired a driver through the Lyft app to take them from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach, according to Delaware State Police. A vehicle, thought to be a white Honda Pilot, arrived and picked up all six passengers, police said.

As they traveled south on Coastal Highway, a disagreement occurred between the group and the Lyft driver, according to police. The Lyft driver then ended the ride, stopped in the middle of the southbound left lane and demanded all six passengers get out of the vehicle, police said. 

The scene where a Lyft driver left occupants resulting in a fatal pedestrian collision

At this time, a 27-year-old man driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla south on Coastal Highway saw the Lyft vehicle stopped in the travel lane. He changed lanes to avoid hitting the rear of the Lyft vehicle, police said, but failed to see the pedestrian who had “exited the right rear passenger seat and was standing in the roadway,” resulting in the pedestrian being hit.



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service