Public Safety

Police ID two killed in wrong-way crash on Highway 30

Texas man was driving in wrong direction when he collided with Belle Plaine man on Aug. 4

Location of wrong-way crash on Highway 30 near Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids, on August 4, 2019. (Google maps)
Location of wrong-way crash on Highway 30 near Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids, on August 4, 2019. (Google maps)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police have identified the two people who were killed last week in a wrong-way crash on Highway 30.

Cedar Rapids police said witnesses reported seeing a 2019 Ford F250 pickup truck driving east in the westbound lanes of Highway 30 around 11:40 p.m. Aug. 4. Moments later, police said, a crash was reported on the highway near Edgewood Road SW.

Jonathan Ray Allen McDaniel, 31, of Houston, Texas, was driving the Ford F250.

The vehicle he struck was driven by Grant Patrick Bevins, 24, of Belle Plaine. Bevins was driving a red 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an obituary, Bevins graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 2014, where he had played football and was on the wrestling team. He also enjoyed shop class and was involved in the National FFA Organization.

The obituary said Bevins was a “true outdoorsman” who was known for his unique fashion sense.

“From the time he could walk, Grant was always wearing cowboy boots and a hat,” his obituary said. “In school his daily attire was mesh shorts, boots and even his own creations of cutoff jeans and bib overalls.”

He loved to hunt and was skilled in trapping and working on his trucks.

“Grant lived life to the fullest with no reservations,” his obituary said. “If he had an idea, he was going to try it. He was never serious, always smiling and playing pranks.”

Bevins is survived by his parents, two sisters and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

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