Iowa man crashes truck into mobile home, flees scene with a stolen cell phone

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Editor’s note: This is a more detailed follow-up article to the photo and caption that appeared in the July 1 issue of the Courier Press. This was the second vehicle versus mobile home accident in less than two weeks.

On June 30, at approximately 1:48 a.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a one vehicle traffic crash on County Road K near The Crooked Oar in Prairie du Chien Township.

A 2015 Toyota Tacoma driven by Beau M. Winters, 24, of Maynard, Iowa, was northbound on County Road K when Winters lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line. The vehicle left the shoulder of the roadway and struck a trailer house. The front end of the truck became wedged under the trailer house and Winters was pinned in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. At the time of the crash, the trailer house was unoccupied. 

Witnesses ran to the scene from another nearby residence. While on scene Winters borrowed a phone and made a phone call. During this time, Winters got himself free from the vehicle on his own. As law enforcement and EMS approached the scene, Winters fled on foot, taking the borrowed phone with him. Officers could not relocate him. Witnesses gave a direction of travel to Law Enforcement once they arrived on scene. It was later determined that Winters got a ride away from the scene.

Witnesses stated that the Winters vehicle was going well over the posted 35 mph speed limit just seconds before they heard it crash into the trailer house.  

The vehicle sustained heavy damage and was towed by Milos Towing. The trailer house had moderate damage. Winters was later contacted and found to have only suffered minor injuries from the crash.

Winters was issued citations for failure to notify police of an accident, hit and run property adjacent to the highway, unreasonable and imprudent speed, failure to maintain control, left of center and meddling/destruction of property (cell phone) resulting in restitution for $1,000.  

Assisting on scene was Prairie du Chien Police, Bridgeport Fire, Bridgeport First Responders, Tri State EMS and Madison Gas and Electric.

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