Re­cov­ery fund launched for in­jured coach

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A chain-re­ac­tion crash near Ris­ing Sun over the week­end in­jured three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a com­mu­nity youth base­ball coach who also is af­fil­i­ated with the Ce­cil County YMCA, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State Po­lice.

The crash oc­curred about 8:30 a.m. on Satur­day on Joseph Biggs High­way near Manor House Drive, south of Ris­ing Sun, po­lice re­ported.

A Ply­mouth van driven by John Kam­pes — he is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ce­cil County YMCA and coach of two Mary­land Le­gends youth travel base­ball teams — was stopped in the east­bound lane of Joseph Biggs High­way, as he pre­pared to make a left turn onto Manor Drive, po­lice said.

An east­bound Pon­tiac Grand Prix driven by Ris­ing Sun-area res­i­dent Justin Miller, 25, crashed into the back of the stopped van, driv­ing that ve­hi­cle into the west­bound lane into on­com­ing traf­fic, po­lice added.

At that point, a west­bound 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Clarissa Stroupe, 55, of Ris­ing Sun, struck the side of Kam­pes’ van, ac­cord­ing to MSP Cpl.

RIS­ING SUN

Alan Flaugher, who is as­signed to the JFK bar­rack and han­dled the ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion.

Kam­pes was ejected from his van at some point dur­ing the domino-ef­fect crash — de­spite prop­erly wear­ing his seat harness, Flaugher re­ported.

Am­bu­lances trans­ported Miller and Kam­pes to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Delaware, where Kam­pes was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and Miller was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice said. Stroupe was taken to Union Hos­pi­tal in Elk­ton and was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice added.

As of Tues­day night, the crash re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and no charges had been filed.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

A re­cov­ery fundrais­ing fund has been es­tab­lished for for John Kam­pes, left, af­ter he was se­ri­ously in­jured in a multi-ve­hi­cle crash near Ris­ing Sun over the week­end.

JOHN KAM­PES

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