Pedestrian Killed In OC Crosswalk Accident

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania woman succumbed to injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle last Saturday.

Around 8:50 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police were dispatched to the area of 28th Street and Philadelphia Avenue for a reported pedestrian collision in the southbound lane. The pedestrian, later identified as Lorena D. Merris, 56, of Landisburg, Pa., was crossing the highway at 28th Street when she was struck by a BMW 328i. The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation, but it has been determined the victim was in the immediate area of the crosswalk.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and it has been determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the incident. The victim was transported on Saturday night to Shock Trauma in Baltimore by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 4. She succumbed to her injuries on Sunday afternoon.

The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Traffic Safety Unit is investigating to determine the cause of the collision. Traffic on southbound Philadelphia Avenue was diverted to Baltimore Avenue for roughly two hours while investigators processed the scene and cleared the area of debris.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.