Solon teens injured in I-380 rollover
GILBERTVILLE– Two Solon school students were injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 380 Thursday, Nov. 14, subsequent to a semifinal football playoff game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Allie Mercer, 17, and Alexa Roeder, 18, sustained non-incapacitating injuries when driver Shae Scott, 18, lost control of the 2002 Ford Expedition she was driving, according to a state accident report filed by the Black Hawk Sheriff’s Department.
Roeder was totally ejected through the back window, according to the accident report. Both Roeder and Mercer were transported to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo by the Gilbertville ambulance service.
Scott was cited for failure to maintain control of her vehicle.
The accident occurred at approximately 11:55 p.m.
Scott and her five passengers were southbound on the interstate. According to the accident report, Scott stated she was following a vehicle containing supporters of the Washington (Iowa) football team. The passengers of the other vehicle were making obscene gestures and driving recklessly, she said, and the driver of the vehicle slammed on his brakes suddenly, causing her to swerve and lose control. The vehicle rolled approximately twice before coming to rest in the median.
The driver of the other vehicle, Roger Lillie of Washington, told the responding deputy that Scott had been flashing her bright-beam headlights, driving recklessly and following at an unsafe distance, and that the occupants of Scott’s vehicle had been “mooning” them. Lillie said he tapped on his brakes to get Scott’s attention, after which she lost control.
The other passengers in the Scott vehicle, Madi Durr, McKenzie Patrick and Emilio Villagrana, did not require immediate medical treatment.
The Expedition was listed as a total loss.