Driver of an SUV involved in a crash that killed a Bluffs woman remains in jail


January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Council Bluffs confirmed Saturday that the driver of an SUV that was involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 480 remained in the Pottawattamie County Jail on Saturday on a $7,000 bond. According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, 45-year old Ronnie Dunbar, of Council Bluffs, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, operating without a valid driver’s license and transporting beer or liquor. Officials say it’s likely those won’t be the only charges to be filed against Dunar.

The crash killed 52-year-old Linda Steskal, of Carter Lake. Police said Dunbar was eastbound in a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer on I-480 near the Dodge Park exit about 3:30 p.m., Friday, when he lost control and struck Steskal’s 2002 Chevy Malibu. The Malibu spun out and hit the center guardrail before coming to rest in the ditch at eastbound exit 1. Steskal died at the scene. Police say it appears the woman was not wearing a seat belt.

Dunbar and a passenger in the SUV, 45-year Michael Barnett, also of Council Bluffs, took off on foot following the crash, but were taken into custody a short distance away. Barnett was treated at Mercy Hospital and released. Police said speed and alcohol might be factors in the crash.