Pedestrian hit by snowplow dies

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A plow near Princeton early this morning, demonstrating how dangerous darkened roads were throughout the region. It is unrelated to the fatal incident in Wilmington. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A Wilmington woman has died after a snowplow hit her as she walked along a snowy Wilmington road early this morning.

Denise McFadden, 51, was walking east on Washington Street Extension near Philadelphia Pike at 6:30 a.m., about the same time Shawn E. Griner, 37, was plowing Philadelphia Pike with a 1988 Ford six-wheeled dump truck with a snowplow attachment that's owned by the Delaware Department of Transportation, according to the Delaware State Police. Griner was heading west on Washington Street Extension when he tried to make a u-turn to the eastbound lanes to continue plowing, but instead allegedly hit McFadden, state police said. McFadden died at the scene. Griner wasn't injured.

Investigators closed Washington Street Extension between Philadelphia Pike and the Mt. Pleasant High School for a few hours, but it is now open. The crash remains under investigation.

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