Recovery fund launched for injured coach
— 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.
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.
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.