Crash victim is Davenport teenager headed to school

An 18-year old senior on his way to class at Davenport West High School was killed in a Thursday morning accident when his car collided with an ambulance.

Police aren’t releasing the young man’s name yet, but his death was announced over the intercom at school this morning.

“A lot of people were crying, some people went home”, said student William Lee. “He was just getting out of high school, fixing to graduate, he had his whole life ahead of him. It just hurts to see somebody go”, said Lee, who attended a welding class with the young man.

Police say preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Hyundai driven by the teen crossed the center line and hit an ambulance head-on at 6:30 a.m Thursday on West Kimberly Road.

Click here for earlier coverage of the accident.

Two medics and a patient in the ambulance were not hurt. A spokesperson says they were headed to a hospital in Waterloo, but the ambulance was not in “emergency mode”, and didn’t have its lights or sirens on and was not speeding.

The morning weather included rain and fog. Police are still investigating what caused the crash.

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