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Creston man charged after November 2016 crash

Published: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 10:44 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 10:51 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD – Derek Eugene Ueligger, 31, of Creston was charged Wednesday with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of serious injury by vehicle and one count of operating while under the influence as the result of an Iowa State Patrol investigation into a Nov. 2, 2016, two-vehicle crash.

According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, the crash happened 1 mile north of the Adair-Union County line at the intersection of Highway 25 and 330th Street.

Around 9:30 p.m., Nov. 2, 2016, a vehicle driven by Ueligger was traveling southbound in the northbound lane on Highway 25 while 82-year-old Betty Schultz of Greenfield was traveling northbound in the same lane when the two vehicles had a head-on collision within the northbound lane.

The vehicle Ueligger was driving came to rest in the ditch, and Schultz’s vehicle came to rest in the middle of the roadway.

A passenger, 88-year-old Dawn Christensen of Adair, was transported by ambulance to Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston where she died as a result of her injuries. Norma Caltrider, 85, of Adair was flown by air to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines where she died as a result of her injuries.

Schultz and 89-year-old Marilyn Ehrsam of Greenfield were injured in the crash.

As a result of the Iowa State Patrol investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Ueligger. Ueligger walked into the Adair County Public Safety Center 8:10 p.m. Wednesday and was taken into custody.

Ueligger is being held in the Adair County Jail on $75,000 cash-only bond.

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