More information is being released about a fatal car-pedestrian accident that happened last night in southwest Iowa. According to Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker, the accident happened at around 9:30 P.M. on the south side of Oakland. Danker says 19-year-old Molly Hummel, of Oakland, was driving a Buick LeSabre northbound on Highway 59, when she noticed a man running alongside the road, headed southbound.
The woman told authorities the man appeared to be having difficulty running, and may have been staggering. When her vehicle approached him, the man veered onto the road and fell in front of the car, which then ran over him. The accident victim died before he could be transported by helicopter to the hospital.
The man did not have any identification on him other than a name on a piece of paper. Authorities are working to identify the man, who was scheduled to undergo an autopsy today at the State Medical Examiner’s lab in Ankeny. Danker says the driver of the car will not face charges in connection with the incident.
Contributed by Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic