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Ventura man cited for use of electronic device while driving after slamming into Mason City woman’s car nearly head-on


This news story was published on April 29, 2019.
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MASON CITY – A Ventura man has been cited for use of an electronic device while driving after slamming into a Mason City woman’s car nearly head-on Sunday in Mason City.

The accident took place on Sunday, April 28 at 6:16 PM at 4th Street SE east of Birch Drive, police tell NIT.  The drivers were Randy Blakely, age 56 of Ventura, and Jennifer Skellenger, age 43 of Mason City.  Skellenger was transported to Mercy One North Iowa with non-life threatening injuries.  Blakely’s vehicle sustained approximately $8,000 damage and Skellenger’s was $10,000.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The crash was a near head-on after Blakely, who was westbound, crossed the middle of the road into Skellenger’s path as she was eastbound, a police spokesman tells NIT.  Blakely was cited for Failure to Maintain Control, Use of an Electronic Device while Driving, and Failure to Provide Proof Against Financial Liability.

MCPD was assisted at the scene by the Mason City Fire Department.

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5 Responses to Ventura man cited for use of electronic device while driving after slamming into Mason City woman’s car nearly head-on

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 3, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    txting talking even looking at your phone can and sadly can kill yourself and others Turn phones off . Turn them on only with vehicle when wheels are not turning it will save lives it should be a no brainer? please Think

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    So sick of all the idiots I see on their GD phones at every street light, not to mention while driving. When I see those morons I lay on the horn and scare the crap out of them. LOL

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    You get what you deserve. Anybody who uses a electronic device while driving should be tazed to feel the electricity, than fined, and jailed treat is as equal to an OWI. Your ignorance is killing people!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 29, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Clint Thomas is not going to be happy with this 56 year old.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 29, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    No insurance to top it off. Now she is on the hook for her own vehicle and medical bills. This should be a major crime.