Crash survivor now in ‘serious’ condition


Staff Report

A Delaware woman injured in a June 20 traffic crash which claimed the lives of her two sons and the driver was in serious condition Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital officials.

OSU Wexner Medical Center staff confirmed Wednesday that Kristen DeLong, 35, of Delaware, was in the surgical and intensive care unit and classified her condition as “serious.”

She had been listed in critical condition since the crash.

DeLong is the sole survivor of the crash that killed Darthel Jones, 25, Seth DeLong, 14, and his younger brother, Trent Curran, 12, all of Delaware. Kristen DeLong was the mother of Seth DeLong and Curran.

State troopers said the crash occurred after Jones failed to negotiate a turn on State Route 203 near Norton Road in Radnor Township the morning of June 20 and his vehicle struck a tree.

DeLong has been at OSU Wexner since the crash.

Jones and Curran were pronounced dead at the scene when troopers arrived around 1:30 a.m. but Seth DeLong was not found until hours later — after troopers learned he had been with his mother when the crash occurred. Seth DeLong’s body was found in a flooded soybean field.

State troopers said Jones was driving at an unsafe speed when his car went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Troopers said there was an odor of alcohol on Jones and several empty alcohol containers were found in the car.

Information for this story was provided by OSU Wexner Medical Center.

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