Marion teen dies in Dubuque County car collision

Icy roads blamed for death, injury of two Linn-Mar High students


CEDAR RAPIDS — Jaycee Payne, a Marion teenager and student at Linn-Mar High School, died last week in a car collision on icy roads in Dubuque County.

Payne, 17, was a passenger in a pickup traveling south on Sundown Road about 4:30 p.m. Friday when the driver, 17-year-old Oliver Clanin, lost control of the 2000 Nissan Frontier and slid sideways into oncoming traffic.

According to the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, a northbound 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Michael McArthur, 46 of Asbury, was unable to avoid hitting the truck on the passenger’s side.

Payne died in the crash, and Clanin was taken with serious injuries to Finley Hospital in Dubuque and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

McArthur was taken to Finley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Clanin also attends Linn-Mar High.

“Our thoughts are with Jaycee’s family, friends, and to all who have been affected by his passing,” Linn-Mar High Principal Jeff Gustason said in a message sent to parents. “Our thoughts are also with Oliver, his family, and friends as he grieves and recovers from his injuries.”

Payne was a member of the school’s golf team and enjoyed playing soccer, gaming and woodworking, according to his obituary.


Fundraisers have started online to help Payne’s family pay for funeral expenses and to assist Clanin’s with medical costs.

According to the GoFundMe page for Clanin, the teenagers were on their way home from snowboarding when they slid off the road, about 1.5 miles north of Highway 151. The collision occurred a few miles south of Sundown Mountain Resort.

Linn-Mar High School is scheduled to have counselors available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday for any Linn-Mar students or staff.

Counselors will remain available at Linn-Mar High and Oak Ridge Middle School through the week beginning Wednesday, when classes resume following winter break.

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