A weekend traffic crash claimed the life of a Newton man. Authorities say 65-year-old Michael Leroy Hawkins was killed in the crash, which happened on Saturday just before midnight.
Hawkins was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Ellen Howell of Newton. Iowa State Troopers reported Howell ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 14 and South 24th Avenue West. Her vehicle was struck in the passenger side by another car driven by 36-year-old Ingrid Sawyer of LeGrand.
Hawkins was wearing his seatbelt. Howell was injured and taken to a hospital in Des Moines.