According to reports, Pella High School sophomore, Blake Van Vark, 16, was killed in a broadside collision Monday night when his Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control and crossed the center line approximately .5 miles west of Adams Ave. on Vermeer Rd. east of Pella and collided with a vehicle driven by Kenneth Swank, 60, of Pella. Swank refused transport to a medical facility. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. according to the Iowa State Patrol. Road conditions at the time were '100 percent ice-covered'.
The Pella Fire Dept., Pella EMS, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol all responded to the accident.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
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