Fatal accident

An accident on Hwy. 63 occurred on Friday, Jan. 31 around 5:30 p.m. One man died; another was transported to the hospital.

MAHASKA COUNTY — A Montezuma man was killed in a crash on Hwy. 63 south of New Sharon on Friday, Jan. 31.

According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, a vehicle driven by Danith Rashel Van Fleet, of New Sharon, was headed south on Hwy. 63 when it crossed the center line.

A northbound car driven by Kent James McIlrath, of Montezuma was struck head on by Van Fleet.

Van Fleet’s car came to rest facing northbound in the southbound lane; McIlrath’s car came to rest facing east in the east ditch.

Van Fleet was transported to the hospital. McIlrath was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear whether he was wearing his seat belt. The accident remains under investigation.

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