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(June 19, 2020) A Berlin resident is dead after a motorist struck him with his vehicle early Monday morning. 

The accident occurred just after midnight at 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue. 

The victim, 66-year-old Kirk A. Hilton, was crossing the street when Cole Allen, 18, of Smock, Pennsylvania, hit him. 

“Lifesaving efforts were initiated by Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and Ocean City EMS,” a press release said. “Hilton was pronounced deceased at the scene.” 

Allen had a passenger with him, but neither he nor his passenger suffered any injuries.  

The Ocean City Police Department’s traffic safety unit is handling the investigation, and has determined that alcohol, drugs and speed were not contributing factors to the collision, although visibility may have been an issue.  

Allen was not arrested, although charges are pending, a police press release said.  

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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