Union County fatal


May 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A man from Osceola was killed and a woman from Tingley was injured, during a crash this (Wednesday) morning between an SUV and a pickup in Union County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the pickup, 51-year old Dick Downing, from Osceola, died, when his vehicle rear-ended an SUV driven by 35-year old Brandi Shay, of Tingley.

The accident happened at around 7:40-a.m on Highway 34, near Afton. Officials say the Downing and Shay vehicles were traveling west on the highway when Shay’s Chevy Suburban slowed down and was rear-ended by Downing’s Chevy pickup.

Shay was injured in the crash, while Downing died at the scene. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The accident remained under investigation.

Officials at Southwestern Community College say Downing was a Carpentry instructor at the school. Counselors will be on-hand for students and staff to help them deal with their loss.