Iowa sheriff IDs driver killed in crash during police chase

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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.

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