State Center man charged in daughter’s death


A State Center man has been charged in the death of his 3-year-old daughter.

According to court records and the Iowa State Patrol, authorities arrested Codey Ryan Briley, 28, over the weekend, charging him with vehicular homicide (operating while under the influence), in the death of his daughter, Arianna Surber, 3, following a two-vehicle accident west of Marshalltown this past September.

According to the ISP, at about 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2017, a vehicle operated by Nicholas Weatherly of Albion, was traveling west on 170th Street. At the same time, a vehicle driven by Briley was traveling north on Oaks Avenue.

The patrol reported that Briley failed to stop at the intersection and was struck by Weatherly’s vehicle, causing Briley’s vehicle to go into a ditch where the vehicle rolled and then came to a stop.

Both Weatherly and Briley were injured in the crash, as well as their respective passengers, Heather Frazier of Albion and Briley’s daughter. All four were transported by air ambulance to Des Moines at that time — Weatherly and Frazier to Mercy Hospital; Briley and his daughter to Methodist Hospital.

Ten days later, on Sept. 12, 2017, Arianna succumbed to her injuries.

Briley was not charged at that time, but through the course of the investigation and from records later obtained by the Iowa Department of Human Services, the ISP discovered that Briley was allegedly under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the collision. The patrol reported that he “was over the legal threshold for methamphetamine and amphetamines.”

On Monday, Briley made his initial court appearance and a judge formerly charged him with vehicular homicide as well as having no valid driver’s license and failure to obey a stop sign.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 1 p.m. March 15 in Marshall County District Court. He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond in the Marshall County Jail.

According to her obituary, Arianna, who would have turned 4 this July, “left her mark on the world. Her heart continues to beat as she saved four lives by being an organ donor. Her heart saved a 6-year-old boy, liver to a 7-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy her small intestines, and a 56-year-old woman received her kidneys.”


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