14-year-old driver involved in Iowa fatality crash

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A 14-year-old driver was involved in a crash that killed one person near New Sharon, Iowa.

Iowa State Police said Kaden Shaw of Searsboro, Iowa was driving a 1996 Chevrolet K1500 truck eastbound on Highway 63 when, police say, he turned left into a residential drive about a mile east of New Sharon at about 4 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Police said the truck pulled into the path of an oncoming, westbound 1999 Ford Escort driven by 27-year-old Kassandra Ford of Oskaloosa, and the vehicles collided.

A passenger  in Ford’s vehicle was killed in the crash.  The identity of that person was withheld pending notification of family.

Police said the wreck happened near the crest of a hill, and that may have contributed to the crash by limiting Shaw’s sight distance.

Ford was airlifted to a hospital in Des Moines.  Shaw was taken by ambulance to a different hospital.

Under Iowa’ graduated driver’s license law, drivers are  permitted to operate vehicles at the age of 14 with a valid instruction permit that requires written consent from a parent.

Police said both drivers, and the passenger who died, were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.


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