Douds Man Dies in Car Crash

By Ellis Codjoe, September 17, 2019

A two-vehicle accident killed one person and injured two Monday night.

The crash occurred in Van Buren County at J40 and Oak Grove Avenue.

Just after 8:00 PM, an SUV drove by 71-year-old Roswell Elmer Pearl Spiker, Jr. of Douds ran off the right side of the roadway. The Iowa State Patrol says he then crossed the center line and collided with a pickup truck. Spiker, Jr. died in the crash.

The driver of the truck, 38-year-old Kellie Simmons-Kirkhart, and the passenger, 66-year-old Donna Jean Kirkhart were transported to the hospital.

The accident remains under investigation.

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