Fleeing suspect causes crash in front of Iowa City VA

A green car sits at rest after leading officers on a short chase. (Lee Hermiston, The Gazette)
A green car sits at rest after leading officers on a short chase. (Lee Hermiston, The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — At least one person was injured following a traffic stop in Coralville that resulted in the suspect fleeing and crashing into another vehicle.

According to a witness, 46-year-old Kim Streeby and a reporter’s observations, around 2:30 p.m. Friday, a Coralville police officer had a car pulled over near the University of Iowa softball fields on Second Street. The vehicle had a driver and a passenger inside.

Coralville Police Lt. Deb Summers said the vehicle was pulled over because when the officer ran the license plate, it came back as stolen.

At some point, the driver of the car fled from the traffic stop east on Second Street at a high rate of speed.

“I happened to look at my rear view mirror and I see a guy come flying up behind me,” Streeby said. “He looked out of control.”

Streeby said the driver’s vehicle “hit a bunch of cars,” near the Iowa City VA Health Care System. Streeby said she didn’t see the driver flee the car after the crash, but said other witnesses pointed toward the ditch north of where the crash occurred, indicating the driver had fled in that direction.

Streeby said she thinks her vehicle was hit by some debris, but she was more concerned about the condition of another driver who appeared to have been injured in the crash.


“Oh god,” she said, watching from the side of the road. “I hope he’s okay.”

Streeby said she doesn’t know how many vehicles were involved in the crash, but said she “saw a lot of vehicles flying around.”

“Just think of all the people who could have been hurt,” she said.

At least one person was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Summers said the Iowa City Police Department was handling the investigation.



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