Three injured after being struck by out of control jeep at H.S. Football Game

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Police say the crash happened in the parking lot as a high school football game was getting underway at the stadium.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA, PHOTOJOURNALIST: An out of control jeep being driven by a 16-Year-Old Wilmington teen struck and seriously injured three people at a Friday night Football game at Abessinio Stadium police said.

The accident happened Friday just before 6 p.m. outside the Abessinio Stadium on Saint Rocco Way in Wilmington.

Police say the crash happened in the parking lot as a high school football game was getting underway at the stadium. Salasainium High School was about to play against Middletown High School in a homecoming game but the game was postponed due to the crash.

Police originally said Friday night that two people were taken to the Hospital with serious injuries and that one of them was flown by a Delaware State Police Medevac to Christiana Hospital.

In a Saturday night update from Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control Police (DNREC) who is investigating the crash, “A 16-year-old Wilmington man failed to maintain control of his 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee while reversing from a parking space.,” Said Nikki Lavoie, a DNREC spokeswoman. “The Jeep, traveling in reverse, first struck two parked vehicles, a 2012 Hyundai Accent and a 2009 Cadillac Escalade.”

Lavoie said the Jeep then continued in reverse striking two individuals that were sitting on chairs behind the Escalade trapping a 65-year-old Dover woman under the Jeep, who had to be extricated by Wilmington Fire Department personnel that arrived on scene.

Once stabled by New Castle County Paramedics, she was then flown to Christiana Hospital by Delaware State Police’s aviation unit. Lavoie said, at this time, she is listed in serious but stable condition with multiple, non-life-threatening injuries.

The second victim seated in the parking lot was a 63-year-old Middletown man who was transported to Christiana Hospital by ambulance for leg injuries. Lavoie said he has since been treated and released.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 51-year-old Smyrna man, who was seated in his parked car was transported to Christiana Hospital for injuries to his leg and back. He has since been treated and released. Lavoie said, his passenger, a 68-year-old Smyrna man was uninjured in the accident.

The driver of the Jeep was uninjured in this accident., Lavoie said.

Lavoie  said the accident remains under investigation and that no charges have been filed at this time. Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the crash should contact Cpl. David Redgraves at

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