Route 1 crash victim improving

This crash along Route 1 on Oct. 25 near Dartmouth Drive caused major traffic tie-ups for more than three hours. BY RON MACARTHUR
October 26, 2013

An Oct. 25 crash on Route 1 north of Dartmouth Road left one person critically injured.

The crash occurred at 4:15 p.m. as Kevin Smith, 52, of Harbeson traveled south on Coastal Highway in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. For an undetermined reason, the vehicle crossed the median and entered the northbound lanes, striking a 1997 Saturn SL that was merging onto Route 1 from Dartmouth Road.

Immediately after the vehicles collided, the Saturn was struck by a northbound 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had been traveling behind the Saturn.

Smith was not injured but was taken to Beebe Medical Center and admitted for treatment of a medical condition that was not caused by the crash.

The driver of the Saturn, Stanley Mutter, 51, of Milford, was taken by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center and then flown to Christiana Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. Hospital officials said Oct. 28 that his condition has been upgraded to fair.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Lorena Vanegas, 46, of Georgetown, and her passenger, Reyna Gil-Vanegas, 11, were both transported by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this crash and no charges have been filed. The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for approximately two-and-a-half hours as troopers investigated and cleared the crash.

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