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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Lewes car accident puts Smyrna man in the hospital

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  • The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred earlier this afternoon and sent a Smyrna man to a hospital.
    Police said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. as Steven E. Jester Jr., 25, of Smyrna, was operating a 2002 Hyundai Accent eastbound on John J. Williams Highway (SR24) approximately a quarter mile west of Mulberry Knoll Road. For unknown reasons, the Hyundai was traveling in the westbound lane at the same time a 2006 Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling westbound on Route 24 approaching the vehicle. The operator of the truck, Raymond E. Conrad Jr., 49, of Greensboro, Md., attempted to avoid the Hyundai by swerving to the right and onto the shoulder where the front left corners of both vehicles impacted. After the collision, the pickup truck overturned onto its roof into the grassy shoulder where it came to a stop. The Hyundai continued eastbound and rotated counter-clockwise before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes, police said.
    Jester, who was properly restrained, was transported from the scene by Trooper 2 and flown to Christiana Hospital where he is currently admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.
    Conrad was also properly restrained and was slightly injured, but refused on-scene medical attention.
    Police said the investigation is on-going and charges are pending. Route 24 was closed for approximately 90 minutes while the crash was investigated and cleared.
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