Four DSU students injured Feb. 23 in Smyrna.
Marlon W. Jackson, the 23-year-old driver, of Townsend, has died from injuries in a Feb. 23 crash on Route 1 in Smyrna. Three passengers are still in the hospital.
The collision involved a 2007 Chevrolet Impala with Jackson driving, Giovanni P. Downie, of Brooklyn in the passenger seat, Marcus A. Dunn, of Jersey City, in the left rear seat, and Jordan A. Hannah, of Rockaway Beach, New York, in the right rear seat.
The car traveled into the median, spun counter-clockwise, and continued into the opposite lanes into the path of a 2019 Toyota Tacoma, said state police.
A 27-year-old man from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, was driving the pickup and struck the Impala on the passenger side. After the crash he was transported to Christiana Hospital in stable condition. Downie was taken to Christiana in critical condition and Dunn was transported to Christiana in stable condition. Hannah was taken to Kent General Hospital in stable condition.
Frat hazing has been offered as a cause and Delaware State University released a statement saying administrators will investigate.
Delaware State University is releasing scant details about the condition of four students involved in an auto accident they say is linked to hazing.
DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said the injuries sustained by the students in the Feb. 23 crash “range from life threatening to non-life threatening.”
Holmes said the accident is linked to an alleged hazing incident. An investigation, which began Feb. 25, is being conducted by the university’s police and Office of Student Affairs.
DSU president Wilma Mishoe and executive vice president Tony Allen released a statement late Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, regarding the accident.
“We have decided to conduct a thorough investigation into what we now know are allegations of hazing and improper conduct in the membership intake processes of at least one Greek-letter organization on campus,” the statement read. “While completing this investigation, we have placed a hold on all activities for this organization in particular.”
Holmes told the Dover Post the Greek organization with activities on hold is fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi.
“We are equally committed to thorough fact-finding, cooperation with all legal authorities, and an appropriate response to all of the affected parties,” the statement from DSU read.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured students, their families and the entire campus community. We appreciate your continued support during this difficult time.”
Holmes said DSU won’t release the names of the students or any more information of the accident until the investigation is complete.