An 18-year-old from Jefferson was killed in a crash late Tuesday night in Greene County after being chased by the Iowa State Patrol. The victim is identified as Jonathan D. Bindel. Reportedly, a westbound 2006 Ford Taurus operated by Bindel was being pursued on Highway 30 by state troopers at an apparent high rate of speed.
A 2008 Ford F-250 police pickup, operated by 22-year-old Heath A. Enns of Jefferson, was traveling north on Grimmel Street assisted in the pursuit turning east onto Highway 30. The Bindel car then drove into the eastbound lane of Highway 30.
Enns attempted to avoid a collision by driving onto the shoulder of the road. The Bindel car struck the Enns truck, spinning around and landed in a nearby ditch. Bindel was transported to a Jefferson hospital where he died of his injuries.
A passenger, 20-year-old Miranda Sue Parris of Jefferson, was transported to the same hospital for treatment of her injuries.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City