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Child dies in Marshall County car accident

December 28, 2010

A two-car collision on 180th St., east of Knapp Ave. near Albion, resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy Sunday afternoon.

According to Trooper Rod Larson, with the Iowa State Patrol, a Kia Sedona minivan driven by Mitchell James Storjohann, 34, of Marshalltown, was traveling westbound on the gravel road when it met with a Chevy Cavalier going eastbound, driven by Shane Ersland, 33, of Iowa City.

Both were driving in the middle of the roadway as they topped a hill and collided head on. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m.

Hunter Snider, 10, from Marshalltown residing in Story City, was transported by ambulance to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center where he later died from injuries.

"He was traveling with Ersland," Larson said. "The 10-year-old was in the back seat."

Ersland and Ann Ersland, 57, of Marshalltown who was also a passenger in the vehicle, were being treated for injuries at MMSC.

They were wearing seat belts, including Snider.

"I strongly believe the seat belts saved both of their lives," Larson said. "But why a 10-year-old had to die from this, we don't know yet - it's going to take some time."

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause.

It was unclear if StorJohann was wearing his seat belt, however he was not treated or taken to the hospital at that time, Larson said.

"The only thing I can tell for certain is that the reason for the collision was both vehicles were in the center of the roadway and just over the crest of the hill," he said. "You know how the country roads are, and with the snow, of course people tend to travel toward the center of the gravel roads."

The ongoing investigation is being overseen by the Iowa State Patrol, according to Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus.

"First responders from Albion, our deputies, and MMSC were on the scene to assist," he said.


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