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3 injured, 1 dead in eastern Iowa collision


February 12th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Cedar Falls, Iowa) – A collision between two passenger cars in northern Cedar Falls, Saturday night, left one person dead and three others injured. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2013 VW Passat driven by 23-year-old Braden Williams, of Holy Cross (IA) was westbound on Cedar Wapsi Road at around 10:16-p.m.  A 1999 Chevy Cavalier driven by 18-year-old Ethan Roethler, of Janesville (IA) was traveling north on Leversee Road, and failed to yield at a stop sign. The Cavalier was struck broadside by the VW.

A passenger in one of the vehicles, 19-year-old Quincy Friedrich, of Cedar Falls, died at the scene. Three other passengers, 20-year-old Peyton Franzen, of Triopli (IA), 15-year-old Ethan Roethler, of Janesville, and 18-year-old Isabella Sellers, of Lithia, FL., were injured. Franzen and Ethan Roethler were transported by Denver Ambulance to Allen Hospital. Sellers was taken to the UIHC by Mercy One.  All of the crash victims with the exception of Peyton Franzen, were wearing seat belts.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. The Patrol was assisted at the scene by: the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Department; Janesville PD/Fire/1st Responders; Denver Ambulance; Mercy One Ambulance; and the Black Hawk County Medical Examiner.