An 11 year old girl was killed and 11 other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in rural Waterloo. Jessica Johnson of Cedar Falls died from injuries in the collision, which happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Dunkerton and Wagner Roads. Sergeant Steve Petersen with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department says Johnson was in a Pontiac passenger car that was struck by a mini van.
Petersen says the driver of the mini van failed to yield at a stop sign and hit the driver’s side of the car as it traveled south on Wagner Road. Both vehicles were knocked off the road. Petersen says it could take investigators a while to determine if charges will be filed in the crash.
“We’re working together with the technical investigators from the Iowa State Patrol before we probably file any charges. In an accident of this magnitude, we need to wait for test results to come back,” Petersen said.
Out of the 11 people injured in the crash, seven are children under the age of 10. In addition to Jessica Johnson, the car was occupied by 47-year-old Janet Johnson, 29-year-old Amie Hugill, 9-year-old Sierra Behrends and 9-year-old Miah McFarland. Petersen says one of the people in the car suffered serious and possible “life threatening” injuries – but he was not sure of that person’s identity.
The driver of the mini van is identified as 30-year-old Paul Knudsen of Cedar Falls. The passengers in the van included 33-year-old Shelly Knudsen, 2-year-old Tristaen Knudsen, 1-year-old Ron Knudsen, 9-year-old Austin Huffman, 8-year-old Alissa Huffman and 4-year-old Blake Huffman.