One person was killed and two others injured during a crash late Monday night near the Horseshoe Casino, in Council Bluffs. The Iowa State Patrol says 88-year-old Katherine Schmidt, of Oakland, died at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, from injuries she suffered in the crash.
Schmidt was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 60-year-old Jeanette Linnenburger, of Council Bluffs. Linnenburger, and the driver of the other vehicle, 34-year-old Josh Horner, a police officer from Council Bluffs, were injured during the crash and also taken to Mercy Hospital.
Officials say Linnenburger and Schmidt were headed west on 23rd Avenue at around 9:15 p.m. Monday, when the car they were in turned south into the Horseshoe Casino parking lot. Horner was traveling east on 23rd Avenue in his 2008 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser and tried to avoid colliding with the Taurus, but was unable to do so, and hit the vehicle on the right front side.
The accident remains under investigation.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic