3 injured in July 4th crash (updated 7-5-11)


July 4th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report three-people were injured during a single-vehicle accident early this (Monday) morning, six-miles southwest of Red Oak.  Officials say 40-year Martha Anngeline Oltmanns, of Villisca was traveling north on Forest Avenue at around 3:55-a.m., when she failed to negotiate a turn at Fernwood Avenue.

The 2003 Ford Taurus she was driving went straight off the road and into a ditch before hitting a driveway ditch at 2796 Fernwood. The car flew over the driveway before coming to rest in a flower garden belonging to Raymond Cooper the 2nd, of rural red Oak. The accident caused the vehicles’ airbags to deploy.

Oltmanns, and two passengers in the car, 40-year old Jennifer Fitzwater, of Princeton, MO, and 41-year old Scott Gibbons, of Villisca, complained of injuries. The trio was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue. A third passenger in the vehicle, 34-year old Jay Lininger, of Villisca, was not hurt.

Damage to the car, which is registered to Bruce Fitzwater, of Villisca, was estimated at $6,500, while Cooper’s property sustained approximately $1,000 damage. Martha Oltmann was cited for Driving While Suspended, Failure to Maintain Control, and for failure to have insurance. An additional charge of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is pending completion of the accident investigation.

(Updated 7-5-11 5-a.m. with corrected name of Gibbons, per Sheriff’s officials)