A 44 year old woman from Bear was hit and killed just after 8 p.m. Thursday while trying to cross Pulaski Highway.

UPDATE: State Police have released the identity of the victim as Donna Potter who lived in Bear.  The investigation is ongoing.

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ORIGINAL STORY:  The victim was hit while walking north from the median in the westbound lanes of Rt. 40. She was taken to Christiana Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Delaware State Police say the woman was not wearing reflective clothing and was not crossing at a crosswalk when she was hit. They're withholding her name until they can notify her next of kin.

The driver of the car, 23 year old Kelly Borgia, was not injured. The Collision Reconstruction Unit is still working on its investigation into the crash, and no charges have been filed.

State Police PIO John Day reminds pedestrians to be extra careful, "If you must cross a roadway, utilize appropriate cross walks and make sure to look left, then right, then left again before proceeding." He says police say you should "always make yourself visible to drivers by wearing bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials. Pedestrians who are walking at night must carry a flashlight for added safety."

A dog was also hit in this incident. The animal survived and was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.