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Mason City police conduct press conference on investigation into tragic crash that took lives of 5 young people (video)

Police Chief Jeff Brinkley at press conference

MASON CITY – A press conference was conducted today, Monday, June 19 at the Mason City police headquarters regarding the devastating crash on April 10, 2016 that claimed the lives of 5 young people.

Speaking from the Major Case Room at police headquarters, Police Chief Jeff Brinkley read a prepared statement and gave facts and details about the circumstances surrounding the horrific crash that happened in the early morning hours of April 10th. He shared the summary of the fatal crash investigation that happened near Monroe Avenue on Highway 122. Following the summary, he took questions from the media.  Photos of the crash scene were passed around to the media and were to be released later Monday.

Crash scene on 6th SW in Mason City

The occupants of the Jeep Liberty that was involved in the fatal crash in the early morning hours of April 10th are:

Zachary Wolf Hartley (20) of Mason City; driver
Donte William Foster (17) of Mason City; passenger
Roderick Lemeual Lewis (18) of Mason City; passenger
Sydney Nikole Alcorn (14) of Mason City; passenger
Alex Parvon-Charles Wiebke (19) of Mason City; passenger

All of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

A memorial was set up at the crash scene and remains there, where family and friends have paid respects often on since the tragedy.

Among the revelations in the press conference: The Jeep was traveling no slower than 79 miles per hour and had been speeding for some time leading up to Hartley losing control after he was past Monroe Avenue; Hartley’s blood alcohol level was elevated above the legal limit of 0.08; the group had been partying at an apartment area, but no social host citation will be administered to the resident; beer the group had been drinking was stolen from a local retailer; marijuana was found as a result of the investigation of the crash scene; it is believed that some or all the occupants in the rear of the vehicle were not wearing seat belts.

Zach Hartley
Jeep photo 1
Jeep photo 2

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