Public Safety

16-year-old Coggon teen injured in two-vehicle rural road accident

A Linn County Sheriff's Office squad car. (file photo)
A Linn County Sheriff's Office squad car. (file photo)

A 16-year-old Coggon teen received “serious injuries” after a two-vehicle accident Thursday night.

According to a media release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, at roughly 6:26 p.m. on Thursday emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a personal injury accident at the 5600 block of Pering Ridge Road southwest of Coggon.

When Linn County deputies, assisted by Linn County Sheriff’s Rescue, the Coggon Fire Department and Center Point Ambulance, arrived on scene they discovered that Heath Moyer, 16, of Coggon had received “serious injuries” as a result of a two-vehicle collision, according to the release.

With further investigation, deputies determined that a vehicle driven by Moyer had been headed north on Pering Ridge Road when another vehicle, driven by Dan Strum, 57, also of Coggon, “failed to yield” as he was pulling into a residence. It was at this time that Strum’s vehicle was struck by Moyer’s, according to the release.

Moyer was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, according to the release, and he was transported by Center Point Ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Moyer was cited by deputies for not using his seatbelt.

Strum, who had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, was not injured, according to the release. Strum was, however, cited by deputies for making an unsafe turn.

The investigation into the incident by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office remains open, according to the release.

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