2 Dead After Jeep Crashes Into Lawn Mower

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    Police say two people were killed after a Jeep struck a man riding a lawn mower in New Castle, Delaware on Tuesday.

    Investigators say a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling northbound on North Dupont Highway, in the center lane around 1:50 p.m. As it entered the left lane, it struck a 2008 Infiniti sport utility vehicle, according to police. Police say the Jeep then continued north and entered the right lane, striking a 2012 Ford Escape.

    The driver of the Jeep then lost control, traveling over a concrete median. The vehicle then drove over a raised curb and onto a grassy area before striking a light pole. The Jeep continued on the grass, striking a man who was riding a lawn mower near the entrance of Wilmington University.

    The operator of the lawn mower, identified as 20-year-old Francisco Jimenez-Flores of Wilmington, was ejected from his vehicle. He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

    The driver of the Jeep, identified as 25-year-old Derek Wynn of New Castle, was also taken to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Investigators have not yet determined whether Wynn died from injuries suffered during the crash or from a medical condition that may have caused his erratic driving. Investigators are also unsure whether he was properly restrained during the accident.

    The driver of the Infiniti suffered a minor injury while the driver of the Ford was not hurt.

    North Dupont Highway northbound was closed for two hours due to the crash. It has since been reopened.