Cedar Rapids man involved in fatal crash faces homicide by vehicle charge

Police say car driven by Taylor Latare hit motorcyclist from behind

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Gazette Staff

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man is facing a charge of homicide by vehicle in relation to a fatal car-motorcycle crash earlier this month.

Cedar Rapids police and fire and Area Ambulance Service were dispatched to a crash at the Interstate 380 and Wright Brothers Boulevard interchange at 10:47 p.m. Aug. 5. First responders found a motorcycle driver, 59-year-old Gregory P. Erenberger, of Walford, who had been hit and thrown from his motorcycle.

Emergency medical care was administered to Erenberger, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Police determined Erenberger was stopped at the traffic light on the east side of the Interstate 380 overpass on Wright Brothers Boulevard, facing west, when he was hit from behind by a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Taylor J. Latare, 25.

As a result of the investigation, Latare was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.

Homicide by vehicle is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

According to an obituary, Erenberger was born in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Prairie High School in 1974. He went on to wrestle for Upper Iowa University, graduating in 1978.

Erenberger founded Edge Asset Management, a fee-only investment firm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and riding his motorcycle, according to his obituary.

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