DCI agent injured in Webster City crash

An accident Wednesday in Webster City injured Scot M. Ely, of Webster City, according to the Iowa State Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

Ely is a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

An ISP report said Ely was northbound in the right lane on Superior Street and was approaching its intersection with Ohio Street at the time of the accident. He was passing other northbound vehicles that were stopped and waiting to turn westbound onto Ohio Street and were yielding to oncoming southbound traffic.

According to the report, the crash was triggered by a southbound car in the inside lane.

Ely braked hard and turned to the right to avoid a head-on collision. Ely’s vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Charger, struck the base and pole for the northbound traffic signal light. It then reportedly careened off the pole, spinning clockwise about an eighth of a turn and came to rest on its wheels facing northeast.

The car that triggered the crash, which the ISP described as silver and being driven by a female, left the scene eastbound on Ohio Street.

Ely’s vehicle sustained an estimated $21,000 in damage. The traffic light had $2,000 in damage.

Ely was transported to Van Diest Medical Center for injuries.