Names released in Cedar Rapids fatal crash

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police have identified the men killed in a crash on Monday.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Jacolby J. Burks, 24, of Cedar Rapids; and Devion M. Luster, 21, of Dixon, Ill.; were both pronounced dead at the scene when officers responded to a crash at Interstate 380 northbound just past the Highway 30 exit at 11:22 a.m. Monday.

DeShawn Woods, 25, of Cedar Rapids, was taken to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Buelow said Burks was driving a 2007 Mercury Montego at the time of the crash. Luster was a passenger in the back seat and Woods was the front seat passenger. Police said Burks lost control of the vehicle on the snow-covered road and hit the support pillar of a bridge overpass.

Burks and Luster were two of seven people killed in weather-related crashes across Iowa on Monday.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said that between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, state troopers responded to 185 crashes.

Among the fatal crashes:

Josephina M. Buffington, 21, of Fairfax, was killed in a crash in Poweshiek County near Grinnell. Authorities said three vehicles were pulled off to the side of the road at the 190 mile marker on Interstate 80 westbound around 1:20 p.m. Monday due to the weather conditions. Authorities said one vehicle was parked on the median shoulder and the two others were on the outside shoulder.

The state patrol said a semi driven by 31-year-old Daniel J. Mahoney failed to stop and hit the vehicle parked on the median. Authorities said “multiple” other vehicles failed to stop or avoid original vehicles. A total of 19 vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said.

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The state patrol said in their crash report they are still working to identify each of the vehicles and people involved in the crash.

One person was killed and two people were injured in a crash in Cedar County. Authorities said the crash happened around 1:40 p.m. at the 277 mile marker on Interstate 80 westbound. Authorities said a Pontiac G6 collided with a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the G6 — who has not been identified in state patrol reports — got out of their vehicle and was standing in front of the car when it was hit by a Ford Escape, pushing the G6 into the driver.

Fatal crashes were also reported in Story and Winneshiek counties. The victim in the Story County crash was identified Tuesday by the state patrol as Dana Easter, 53, of Independence, Mo.

Ludwig said four of the crashes Monday involved pile-ups of 10 or more vehicles. He said there were “a lot of factors” that contributed to the crashes. Avery Arneson, 17; and Aden Arneson, 15; both of Decorah, had previously been identified as the victims in the Winneshiek County crashes.

“I think, as a whole, people are in a hurry, they’re on their phones, they’re driving fast and they’re not paying attention,” he said.

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