Public Safety

May fatal crashes in Johnson County remain under investigation

Iowa State Patrol vehicle at the rest area on I-80 eastbound in Tiffin on Friday, Sep. 1, 2017. (Gazette photo)
Iowa State Patrol vehicle at the rest area on I-80 eastbound in Tiffin on Friday, Sep. 1, 2017. (Gazette photo)

IOWA CITY — Two fatal crashes — one that killed three Cedar Rapids boys and another that killed an Iowa City cyclist — remain under investigation.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said the May 5 crash on Interstate 80 near Oxford that killed Braden Brown, 12, Oneimus Quarterman, 11, and KaDaess Adams, 12, and the May 6 crash that killed David L. Schuldt, 83, are still being investigated by the state patrol.

Typically, a technical crash investigation involving a fatality can take six to eight weeks, Ludwig said.

“We’ve already had more (fatalities) this year than last year,” Ludwig said. “So, it may take longer.”

As of Monday, 115 traffic fatalities have been reported in Iowa this year. During the same time frame in 2018, 112 traffic fatalities were recorded statewide.

The three Cedar Rapids boys were killed when the sport utility vehicle they were riding in turned in front of a semi when they were returning home from a weekend birthday party at the Wasserbahn Waterpark in Williamsburg.

The driver of the SUV, Terrance J. Edwards, 62, and Braden Brown’s brother, Mason, 11, were injured in the crash.

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Schuldt was biking on Old Highway 218 south of Iowa City died when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle driven by Shaena Beach of Kalona. The state patrol said Beachy was driving north on the highway when she came upon Schuldt and could not move over because of traffic.

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