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Suspected Drunk Driver Hits 7 People on DSU Campus

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DOVER, Del.- Dover police say a suspected drunk driver is facing multiple charges after the car he was driving struck and injured seven people on the campus of Delaware State University during homecoming activities Saturday evening.

According to police, 28-year old Gregory Ligon, of Mitchelville, Md., was driving a Mercedes Benz sedan in the area of the fraternity picnic area, when he attempted to park the car. 

Police said Ligon left the car, forgetting that it was still in reverse. Ligon quickly entered the driver's seat to stop the car, but pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing the car to accelerate over a curb and into a grassy area full of people. 

The car hit seven people, including a 21-year old female from Wilmington, who was pinned against a tree, by the open door. That victim was flown to Christiana Hospital, where she remains in critical condition with a broken back and ribs and multiple internal injuries. 

Police said that after hitting the 21-year old victim, the door broke off, allowing for the car to continue until hit hit another tree. Investigators said Ligon was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and was charged with one count of first-degree vehicular assault, six counts of second-degree vehicular assault, DUI, and no proof of insurance. 

DSU Harry Williams said that the events that were taking place were not in connection with any university-sponsored event. Williams said that those gathered in the area were a mix of students, alumni and other visitors. 

"It was an unfortunate accident that took place on Saturday evening," he said. "And our thoughts and prayers are with the persons who were injured, especially the victim who suffered serious injuries in the incident.  

Other victims of the crash included the following: 

- 51-year old man from Philadelphia, treated for shoulder and leg injuries by Bayhealth Kent General. 

- 20-year old female from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., treated for foot injury by Bayhealth kent General. 

- 21-year old female from Wilmington, treated for a hand injury by Bayhealth Kent General.

- 21-year old man from Dover, treated for a leg injury by Bayhealth Kent General. 

- 21-year old man from Marlboro, Md., treated for a foot injury by Bayhealth Kent General.

- 22-year old man from Brooklyn, N.Y., treated for a foot injury by Bayhealth Kent General. 

As a result of the incident, the university canceled all on-campus homecoming activities for the remainder of Saturday night. 

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