A two vehicle accident Christmas morning in southwestern Webster County claimed the life of a motorist from Jefferson. The Iowa State Patrol identified the victim as 17-year-old Michael Schmit. The accident happened at the junctions of Webster County Road P-29 and Highway 175.
Reportedly a southbound 2001 Chrysler driven by Schmit failed to stop at the stop sign. The car was then struck by a westbound 2002 Mazda driven by 20 year Khristian Powell of Panora. Schmit was ejected from his car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Powell vehicle rolled onto its top and started on fire.
Powell and an unknown passenger were able to get out in time. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City