Two killed in crash on U.S. 13

By Tom Lehman 11:38pm, June 17, 2014 - Updated 5:25pm, June 18, 2014
Two men were killed Tuesday afternoon when a Jeep traveling on U.S. 13 left the roadway and hit a riding lawn mower in front of Wilmington University, state police said.

The crash happened shortly before 1:50 p.m. on the northbound side of the highway, just past the Del. 141 underpass, said Sgt. Paul Shavack.

A Jeep Cherokee driven by 25-year-old Derek Wynn of New Castle was traveling in center lane when it entered the left lane, hit an SUV, went into the right lane and struck another SUV, Shavack said.

The Jeep then proceeded to travel over a median and eventually onto a grassy area, hitting a light pole and then a riding lawn mower. It then crossed over the entrance to Wilmington University and stopped.

The man operating the mower, 20-year-old Francisco Jimenez-Flores, was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Christiana Hospital and later pronounced dead, Shavack said.

Wynn was also pronounced dead at the same hospital, but police are investigating whether he died from the crash or from sudden, on-set medical conditions that may have caused his erratic driving.

It wasn't known if he was properly wearing a seatbelt when the crashed happened, Shavack said.

A woman driving one of the SUVs struck by Wynn's Jeep was taken to Christiana Hospital for a minor injury and released. The other SUV driver wasn't hurt.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash, which shut down two northbound lanes on U.S. 13 while it was cleared.

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