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Accident takes life of Cherokee woman

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Keith Willis, bottom right, of Cherokee Fire and Rescue, directs fellow rescuers, Kevin Johnson, right, Mark Napier and Loren Friedrichsen, during rescue efforts at a fatal traffic accident Monday morning in downtown Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday a tragic car accident in downtown Cherokee took the life of Wilma Sawyer, 88, of Cherokee.

According to an Iowa State Patrol report, the eastbound Sawyer was stopped at a red light on the west side of the corner of Willow Street and U.S. Hwy. 59 in downtown Cherokee.

A semi-truck, owned by Hy-Vee and driven by Robert James, 53, of Larrabee, was proceeding southbound on U.S. Hwy. 59 and while it was traveling through the intersection at Willow Street with the green light, Sawyer reportedly drove her 1987 Buick Park Avenue into the side of the semi-trailer and was trapped underneath causing fatal injuries.

The Cherokee Fire and Rescue Department, the Cherokee Regional Medical Center, the Cherokee Police Department, and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department responded promptly to the accident scene.

The Iowa State Patrol is conducting an on-going investigation.

James was taken to CRMC for observation and no injuries were reported.

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God Bless her. She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her. Hopefully she did not suffer.

-- Posted by cwrodgers on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 2:26 PM

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