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Cedar Rapids police investigating man's death after he was pinned under vehicle

A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)
A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)

The Cedar Rapids Police say they are continuing to investigate an August incident that resulted in a Cedar Rapids man’s death after he was struck and pinned under a vehicle.

According to Cedar Rapids Police, on Aug. 16 at 10:56 p.m., dispatchers received a call for an individual being “struck and pinned by a vehicle” at 1618 Park Towne Lane NE. When they arrived, they transported the man, later identified as Viken Wellman, 27, of Cedar Rapids, to a local hospital for treatment.

Police say they were notified on Friday (Aug. 31) that Wellman had died.

The driver who struck Wellman has been identified as Daisha Van Pelt, 19. According to witness accounts given to the police, Wellman and his girlfriend had confronted Van Pelt and prevented her from leaving right before the accident. Van Pelt then drove forward and struck Wellman, pinning him underneath the vehicle.

Currently Van Pelt has been charged with failure to provide proof of financial liability and striking an unattended vehicle for striking a parked Trail Blazer with her Pontiac G6 as she was backing up.

The accident remains under investigation as investigators are working with the Linn County Attorney’s Office.

If you have any information regarding this or any crime, call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text to CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.

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