One dead, one injured in I-95 pedestrian accident

Posted: May 20, 2014

A freak accident on Interstate 95 in Lower Makefield Township around midnight Saturday has left one man dead and a friend injured.

State police gave the following account:

Benjamin Melendez, 30, of Trenton, was a passenger in a Suzuki that broke down on the left shoulder of I-95, just south of the Yardley/Newtown exit. When a friend arrived to help, Melendez started to cross the highway to meet her and was struck by a side mirror on a passing Lexus.

Daniel Raymond, 26 of Levittown, the driver of the disabled Suzuki, saw his friend get hit and went into the roadway to help Melendez, who was sitting up in the right lane, get to safety. Both were then hit by a Hyundai Santa Fe.

Melendez died of his injuries. Raymond was transported to St. Mary Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.

The driver of the Lexus and the Hyundai stopped at the scene and were determined to not be under the influence of alcohol, police said. Whether Melendez or Raymond had been drinking is under investigation, police said.

dmastrull@phillynews.com

215-854-2466 @dmastrull

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