Monona County crash claims the life of a Mapleton Man


November 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was killed and another injured during a crash in western Iowa’s Monona County, Monday night. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 29-year old Robert Paris Palmer, of Mapleton died, when the 1969 Oldsmobile 88 he was a passenger in was struck by a truck, in Mapleton.  The driver of the car, 27-year old Lenley Ray Schofield, Jr., of Sioux City, was injured, and transported by Mapleton Rescue to Burgess Hospital, in Onawa. Neither man was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the 2006 Chevy truck, 24-year old Joseph Lee Daggett, of George, was not injured.

Officials say at around 9:40-p.m., the Oldsmobile left the BP gas station in Mapleton, heading south on Highway 141, but the Patrol says Schofield, Jr.,  did not appear to have control of the car, which swerved as he continued south on 141. The vehicle crossed the center of the road and was hit on the passenger side doors by the northbound truck. The force of the impact pushed the car onto the curb at the northeast corner of the intersection with Sioux Street and Highway 141.