There were no students hurt the morning of March 24 when an SUV rammed into the Star Hill Elementary School on Voshells Mill Road, south of Camden.

There were no students in the area early in the morning of March 24 when a sports utility vehicle ran off the road and into the Star Hill Elementary School building.

The vehicle hit the fifth-grade wing of the building at 7:20 a.m., damaging windows and heating/air conditioning units and caving in bricks and cinder blocks, said Assistant Principal Kelly Holt.

According to police reports, the SUV was a 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara, driven by Saintalia Jean, 21, of Voshell’s Mill Road. Delaware State Police spokesman Senior Cpl. Gary Fournier said Jean was swerving in and out of both lanes while driving westbound on Voshell’s Mill Road. The SUV went over a curb and onto the school campus before hitting the building and coming to rest, Fournier said.

There were only a few students in the building at the time and none in the classroom proper, Holt said.

All classrooms in that wing of the building were closed to students March 24 to allow structural inspectors to review the damage, Holt said. Except for the damaged room, students are expected back in the wing on March 25.

“As of tomorrow, all but one will be back in use,” Holt said. “The building inspector said the building is fine.”

Staff members immediately started directing school buses and parents dropping off their children away from the accident area.

“There were no problems with getting the students into classes on time,” she said.
Jean was the only person in the vehicle and was taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital via ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was wearing a seat belt and alcohol is not considered a factor, Fournier said.

Jean was cited for inattentive driving, unsafe speed and having no proof of insurance.


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