ATKINS, Iowa (AP) — Sheriffs officials in eastern Iowa have identified a driver killed in a crash after reached speeds over 100 mph while fleeing a traffic stop.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Matthew Earl Cox, of Cedar Rapids, died in the early Wednesday crash.
Investigators say the chase began when a Linn County deputy tried to pull over a car in Atkins that Cox was driving.
Investigators say Cox’s speeding car drove off a Benton County road and crashed into a culvert.
Officials say a woman also in the car and later identified as 33-year-old Mary Jeanette Ridenour, of Cedar Rapids, was seriously injured and flown to an Iowa City hospital.