One killed, three injured after Slater parade Saturday

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One pedestrian died and three were injured Saturday when a motorist struck them in Slater following the Independence Day parade.


A Minnesota woman was killed and three Huxley residents injured, including a 6-year-old child, in a traffic accident that occurred after the Independence Day parade in Slater, according to an Iowa State Patrol crash report.

The incident occurred about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Tama streets, according to the ISP, where Karen Wheeler, 75, of Cambridge was backing out of a parking spot in her 2007 Hyundai Sonata and struck four pedestrians.

Mary S. Nienow, 59, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, was dragged beneath the vehicle. She was transported to Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Reagan Powell, 6, of Huxley was also dragged under the car. The child was transported by air ambulance to the MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Rikkie Powell, 30, of Huxley was struck and knocked from the path of the car. Powell drove herself to the MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Linda Nordstrom, 67, of Huxley was run over and left lying in the roadway. She was transported to the Des Moines Methodist Medical Center.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. The Story County Sheriff’s office, Mary Greeley EMS and Slater EMS also responded.

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