Authorities search for two drivers that left scene of crash near Mount Vernon

One taken to hospital for treatment after crash

Authorities are searching for the drivers of two vehicles they say left the scene of a four-vehicle accident south of Mount Vernon Wednesday night.

Officials responded to the accident at the intersection of Highway 1 and Cedar River Road around 5:36 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency crews found a vehicle driven by Eldon Hosek, 86, of Marion had traveling northbound on Highway 1 when it rear-ended a vehicle driven by Timothy Vogel, 52, of Washington that had slowed to let a truck turn west on Cedar River Road, officials said.

According to authorities, the truck and a fourth vehicle involved in the accident had left the scene before emergency personnel arrived, and have not yet been located.

Vogel and a passenger in his vehicle, Kimberly Vogel, 46, of Washington, refused medical treatment at the scene. Hosek, the only occupant of his vehicle, was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids for treatment of what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Hosek and the Vogels were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Hosek received a citation for failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

Leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident is a serious misdemeanor and is punishable up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,875.

The accident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

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