08/11/09 — Radio celeb's condition remains critical

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Radio celeb's condition remains critical

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on August 11, 2009 1:46 PM

Longtime Wayne County radio personality Chester Thompson remains in critical condition at Pitt Memorial Hospital after a weekend wreck, officials said today.

And while friends and colleagues wait for updates on his condition and hope for the best, details about the crash were released by the State Highway Patrol.

Thompson's vehicle was traveling south on Grantham School Road Saturday afternoon when he lost control, striking a ditch embankment, according to investigators.

The host of "Ole' Time Radio Jamboree" on WGBR was allegedly speeding, traveling at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone at the time of impact, according to a report written by Trooper C.A. Cook.

Thompson's 2000 Toyota went airborne after it hit the embankment, striking a mailbox before hitting a nearby driveway culvert.

After the second impact, the vehicle crossed the center line of Grantham School Road and came to rest in a lawn on the south side of the road.

No charges were listed on the report.

Cook estimated that Thompson's vehicle caused $1,500 in damages to driveway walls owned by Edward Morrison.