Serious injury accident reported in Guthrie County


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol this week recently got caught up on their accident reports after last week’s snow event. One of the reports they released late this week was with regard to a serious injury accident which occurred last Thursday, December 1st. Officials say 41-year old Jimmy Stringer, of Casey, suffered incapacitating injuries during a collision between his SUV and a car, and was flown from the Guthrie County Hospital to a hospital in Des Moines. The accident happened about 1.5-miles north of Adair at around 4:35 p.m., December 1st. The Patrol says 28-year old Christina Funke, of Adair, was traveling south on Frontier Road when the passenger side tires of her 2006 Chrysler Sebring dropped off the west edge of the pavement. Funke over-corrected, sending the car across the center line of the road, where it hit a 1998 Chevy Tahoe driven by Stringer, head-on.

Officials say the air bags deployed in Funke’s vehicle as it continued into the west ditch. The woman was not injured, but Stringer was ejected from his SUV as it rolled into the east ditch. The vehicle ended-up landing on its wheels. Both vehicles were totaled, and a fence owned by Sam Carney, of Adair, was damaged during the crash. 

Funke was cited for failure to maintain control and driving on the wrong side of a two way highway. Stringer was cited for failure to wear safety belts.