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Worth county man charged in wake of fatal drunk driving accident

MASON CITY – A Worth county man is behind bars after an investigation into what authorities now say was a drunk driving accident just south of Mason City that took a Hampton woman’s life.

On November 25, 2016 at about 7:35 PM, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 10000 Block of Partridge Avenue (Highway 65) for a three-vehicle collision. A 2005 Chevrolet K3500 driven by Paul Edward Wood, age 59 of Manly, was traveling North on Partridge Avenue when it crossed the center line. The Chevy pickup struck a Southbound 2006 Chevrolet Impala driven by 22-year-old Griselda Castaneda Tello of Hampton. A third vehicle, a 2001 Daewoo Lanos driven by 58-year-old Jacqueline Sickels of Sheffield was traveling South on Partridge Avenue when it struck debris in the roadway and it was sent spinning out of control.

Griselda Castaneda Tello was pronounced dead at the scene. Paul Edward Wood was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa with minor injuries. Jacqueline Sickels was transported to Mercy by private vehicle for treatment. The collision remains under investigation by the Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

Assisting the Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Department was the Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Fire Department, Rockwell Police Department, Rockwell Fire Department.

The collision remained under investigation by the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

Saturday, April 1, Paul Edward Wood was booked into the Cerro Gordo county jail on multiple charges, including: felony B homicide by vehicle; operating while under the influence; driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway; no proof of insurance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He remained held in the jail on bond.

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