DSU student dies from crash injuries, hazing probe continues


SMYRNA — A Delaware State University student died Thursday from injuries suffered in last weekend’s two-vehicle crash that left the school investigating a fraternity hazing allegations.

Marlon W. Jackson 23, of Townsend, suffered critical injuries Saturday when the 2007 Chevrolet Impala vehicle he was driving traveled to the middle of a Del. 1 grass median near a Smyrna overpass, spun back onto the highway and was struck by a vehicle at approximately 4:50 p.m., Delaware State Police. He was transported then to Christiana Hospital before succumbing to his wounds, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

DSU student Giovanni P. Downie, of Brooklyn, New York, suffered critical injuries and was also taken to Christiana. Marcus A. Dunn, of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Jordan A. Hannah, of Rockaway Beach, New York, were in stable condition after transport to local hospitals.

Matthew A Hoffman, 27, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, was the lone occupant of a 2019 Toyota Tacoma and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The conditions of the four other persons in the crash were unavailable Thursday.

Police said Del. 1 northbound was closed for four hours as the accident was investigated and cleared.

DSP asked anyone with information to contact Cpl. J. Lane of the Troop 3 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 698-8457. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

As a result, DSU suspended all Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity activities pending results of an investigation by University Police and the Office of Student Affairs. The nature of the alleged hazing was not disclosed, but DSU described the activity as part of the “membership intake processes.”

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