Delaware Supreme Court upholds ’15 DSU homecoming crash conviction


DOVER — A Maryland man’s conviction on a DUI crash that injured several bystanders at Delaware State University two years ago was upheld in Delaware Supreme Court Wednesday.

Gregory E. Ligon Jr., 28 years old at the time of his arrest on Oct. 28, 2015, appealed guilty findings in a Superior Court bench trial on felony first-degree vehicular assault, misdemeanor second-degree vehicular assault (four counts) and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Supreme Court Justices Chief Leo Strine, Collins Seitz and Gary Traynor issued the one-page order the same day the appeal was presented to them. They made “careful consideration of the parties’ briefs and the record on appeal” before ruling, according to the order.

The Court pointed to now-retired Judge Robert B. Young’s findings on Jan. 6 as basis to affirm the trial result.

Ligon, of Mitchellville, Maryland, was ordered to serve both Level II and III probation for a year, with Level I status to be served concurrently. A $500 fine on the drunken driving conviction was ordered, plus surcharges and fees.

Gregory E. Ligon Jr.

Violation of probation conditions could result in eight years imprisonment.

A DSU graduate and former Hornets football player, Ligon was parking a Mercedes Benz on campus when it careened out of control and caused several injuries before crashing into a tree, according to trial testimony and police investigation. A 21-year-old Wilmington woman was pinned to the tree and suffered severe injuries.

Police said at the time that six other persons ages 20 to 51 were struck and suffered varying degrees of injury.

The incident occurred at 7:28 p.m. on the Saturday of DSU’s homecoming weekend.

Three years in prison could have resulted from the felony count, and one year for each misdemeanor was possible.

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