My fellow Jeepers:
I am writing to you with my heartfelt concern to inform you that one of “ours” had a terrifying accident last Thursday morning (2/20). Steve Smith was on route to a job site with his moderately modified YJ. It is still not clear how the accident occurred. Somehow his Jeep hit a snow bank and rolled over. He still had his seatbelt on when they found him. The factory roll bar collapsed like the letter V. Steve suffered severe injuries including his head, spinal column, and lungs. He also lost brain activity for more than 8 hours. He is still in ICU at a major medical center. He is under good medical care and surrounded by loved ones and friends. I am not a particularly religious person, but I am here to ask you to say a prayer for Steve and his family.
Steve Smith is an avid wheeler. He is the one of founding fathers of Delaware Jeep Association (DeJA). He serves on the board of directors and as the webmaster for our club. He is also a member of Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance (BMJA) and frequent contributor of Quadratec Jeep board. Steve is a strong supporter for the Children’s Hospital Toy Run and C&D Canal Cleanup. Steve lives in Bear, DE with his wife and two lovely daughters (ages 1 and 3).
Steve will have a long road ahead of him. But we know he is a fighter, he shall overcome. However for his family, it is going to be hard and frightening. Steve is the sole provider for his family. And for that reason, I am asking you not only for your thoughts and prayers, but for your financial support. If each one of us can save a tank or a half tank of gas money, we will make a difference in the life of one of our own.
For those who have wheeled with me in the past whether it was in Paragon, Big Dogs, GWNF, Camp Jeep 2000 and 2001, Colorado, or Moab, I am counting on you. Beer is on me, when we meet again. I promise.
An account has set up for Steve’s family, 100% of your donation will go to his family. Thanks to our DeJA member, Patti Sullivan, for setting up the account. She is a manager of Delaware National Bank. She and her staff will oversee the account.
Please make your check payable to Steve M. Smith and send to:
Steve M. Smith Trust Fund
c/o Patricia Sullivan
Delaware National Bank
3812 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19808
To send via Paypal
his paypal account is
To send cards and letters of support, the address is:
Delaware Jeep Association
PO Box 449
Bear, DE 19701
On behalf of Steve’s family and the members and friends of DeJA, I thank you. God bless and wheel safely.
aka underDAWG, shuml
P.S. All the fund received via Paypal and bank is for Steve recovery and his family. This fund will not be used to rebuild Steve's YJ. Rebuilding his YJ is the responsiblity of DeJA members using their time and donated parts from within DeJA and other distant Jeepers.