A Cedar Rapids man was killed Saturday morning near Walford when an oncoming vehicle crossed the centerline and struck the vehicle he was driving head-on.
Edwin Arenivas, 22, of Marengo, was driving northeast on Highway 151 near Commercial Drive at about 5:54 a.m. Saturday when he crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle traveling southwest driven by John Erik Halvorson, 32, of Cedar Rapids, according to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Halvorson was pronounced deceased at the scene and Arenivas was mechanically extracted from his vehicle and flown by Lifeguard Air Ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with critical injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the release stated.
Halvorson was a board member at Save CR Heritage, which released the following statement:
“We are absolutely devastated. Our friend and board member, Erik Halvorson, was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident. We will miss his intelligence, quick wit, generosity and willingness to always lend a hand, and will forever cherish our memories of this incredible man who inspired us, made the world a better place and died much too soon. Please keep his wife Nikki and the rest of his family in your thoughts.”