One western Iowa man is dead and another faces charges after a weekend crash near Shelby. According to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, 29-year-old Robert Nowicki, of rural Avoca, was ejected from a 1999 Chevy Suburban he was riding in, when it went out of control just before 1 AM Saturday, south of Shelby.
Nowicki was taken by air ambulance to a Sioux City hospital, where died from his injuries. During their investigation, sheriff’s officials learned that the husband of the vehicle’s owner had been driving the Suburban and left the accident scene. Thirty-seven-year-old Tyrone Gillison is employed at the Menard’s Distribution Center near Shelby, and had been staying at the campground in Shelby.
Authorities say he had originally reported the vehicle as stolen, but later admitted to his role in the accident. Gillison was charged with homicide by vehicle, false reporting, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to have a driver’s license. The incident remains under investigation.