Man charged after crash that landed 5 in hospital

WILMINGTON, Del. - February 4, 2014

Police say at approximately 7:49 a.m. a 2002 GMC Yukon operated by 34-year-old Jamal Whittlesey was traveling west on West 2nd Street in Wilmington, Delaware when it went through a red light at the intersection of North Orange Street.

The GMC stuck the passenger side of a 2003 Ford Escape, which was travelling northbound on North Orange Street. The impact forced the Ford to overturn, trapping the occupants inside the vehicle.

Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extract the driver and four passengers, including two boys ages 1 and 9, from the vehicle. All five were then transported by ambulance to area hospitals with minor injuries.

Whittlesey and three passengers in the GMC, ages 6, 9, and 14, were uninjured in the crash.

When police arrived they found that Whittlesey was operating on a suspended license and had active capiases for his arrest. He was taken into custody and later charged with operating with a suspended license and disregarding a red light.

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