Three dead in car crash south of campus

CLINTON OLSASKY, Executive Editor

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A motor vehicle crash in Cedar Falls this past Friday, Jan. 12, has resulted in the deaths of three young men.

The Black Hawk County Dispatch Center was notified of the car accident, which involved two vehicles, at 5:05 p.m. on Friday, according to a press release issued by the Cedar Falls Police Department (CFPD) later that evening.

The crash took place near the intersection of Viking Road and Winterberry Drive, a few miles south of UNI’s campus.

Reports from witnesses, as well as physical evidence at the site of the accident, indicated that a sedan headed westbound had struck an SUV traveling eastbound. The sedan was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control and crossed the center line before colliding with the SUV head-on.

Both vehicles were severely damaged, and the three occupants from the sedan were ejected from the vehicle, receiving fatal injuries, according to the CFPD press release. There were three passengers in the SUV, all of whom sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

All six individuals involved in the accident were transported to Sartori and Covenant Hospitals in multiple emergency vehicles.

This past Monday, Jan. 15, the CFPD issued a second press release containing the names of the deceased. They were: Elijah James Showalter, 20, Daniel James Delagardelle, 21, and Brady J. Hagenstein, 16, all from Waterloo.

According to University Relations, the three deceased individuals were not enrolled at UNI at the time of their deaths on Friday.

The Iowa State Patrol is currently handing the accident case, and any further information regarding the incident will be included in future press releases, according to CFPD officials.

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