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Wreck claims life of Webster City man

Van failed to stop at stop sign, authorities say

October 2, 2010
By Bill Shea, For the Daily Freeman-Journal

WEBSTER CITY - A man was killed and his wife was injured in a violent, two-vehicle crash that scattered debris throughout an intersection in Webster City Friday afternoon.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Larry D. Donahe, 75, of Webster City.

His wife, Patricia M. Donahe, 73, was taken to Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City, according to the State Patrol. She was later airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A spokesman for that hospital said she was in serious condition Friday night.

Troopers reported that the crash happened at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Hamilton County Road D20 and West Second Street.

According to the State Patrol, the Donahes were heading west on Hamilton County Road D20 in a 1993 Cadillac Deville when the car was struck on the driver's side by a 2004 Chevrolet van driven by Todd E. Arnold, 19, of Des Moines. Troopers said Arnold was heading north on West Second Street, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Hamilton County road D20, and hit the car.

The car ended up in a ditch on the north side of Hamilton County Road D20. The van remained in the intersection.

Hamilton County Road D20 remained closed until after 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Larry Donahe was a retired truck driver and his wife once owned a consignment shop in Webster City, according to people who know the family.

The Webster City fire and police departments, Van Diest Medical Center paramedics, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies and the Iowa State Patrol responded.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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