Former Delaware state representative killed in crash

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    Ben Ewing Jr., a former Delaware state representative and state police deputy superintendent, died after he was hit by a car in front of his Bridgeville home.

    Delaware State Police said Janet Bradley was driving her 2016 Mazda CX5 on Federalsburg Road just east of Barnes Road around 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, when the 60-year-old Bridgeville resident’s front right bumper hit Ewing, throwing him onto the shoulder. 

    Sussex County paramedics pronounced 84-year-old Ewing dead at the scene. Bradley was not injured. 

    Police are investigating, but said alcohol and speed did not contribute to the crash. 

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    Ewing’s stepson, Matthew Esham, told the News Journal that Ewing was hit while he was checking his mailbox, which had been knocked askew by snowplows. 

    Ewing retired in 2008, after serving 21 years in the House.

    Delaware Governor Jack Markell extended his deepest sympathies to Ewing’s family. He issued the following statement after he heard the news:

    “It’s hard to think about Bridgeville without thinking about the impact Ben Ewing had on that community for decades. From his service in the Marine Corps, to his career with the State Police, to his time as an elected Representative, Ben’s career was one of service to his country, state, and the people of the 35th District. Ben and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and in the tough days to come.”


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