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Allegedly drunk, suspended Iowa driver faces swath of charges after fatal auto accident claims elderly woman’s life

CEDAR RAPIDS - An allegedly drunk, suspended Iowa driver is facing a swath of charges after a fatal auto accident took the life of an elderly woman.

CEDAR RAPIDS – An allegedly drunk, suspended Iowa driver is facing a swath of charges after a fatal auto accident took the life of an elderly woman.

Cedar Rapids police said that on Monday, October 24, at approximately 9:23 PM, police, fire and ambulance were called to a vehicle accident scene in the 800 block of 1st Ave SW. First responders arrived on-scene and found damaged vehicles. Initial inspections revealed one deceased female – 77-year-old Julie Ann Hoover, who was killed in the collision – and one seriously injured female, one injured male and one adult male without injuries.

Preliminary findings indicate 18-year-old Zawadi Christophe of Cedar Rapids was driving erratically on 1st Ave SW and rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. That vehicle was forced into the path of an oncoming pickup. The impact between these vehicles resulted in the death of Julie Ann Hoover and seriously injured the 73-year-old female driver. The adult male in the oncoming pickup was able to communicate with officers about the incident and was sent to the hospital for further evaluation and released. Christophe was evaluated on-scene and then arrested and transported to the Linn Count Jail.

Zawadi Christophe faces charges of homicide by vehicle, reckless driving – homicide by vehicle, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, and driving while barred or revoked, and illegal drug possession.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Christophe was convicted this month in previous cases of charges of domestic abuse assault, drunk driving and illegal drug possession in Iowa.

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