IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday identified the person killed by a pickup truck that sped through a crowded Iowa livestock auction as a 70-year-old Illinois man who was attending the event.
Donald L. Breed of Freeport, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of Monday morning's accident at the Kalona Sales Barn in Kalona, according to a statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Five others were injured.
The statement said that Breed was walking near the barn when a truck driven by 73-year-old James Walter Greiner of South English, Iowa, sped uncontrollably through the parking lot before traveling through downtown. The auctioneer and others were running the monthly horse auction from the back of the truck.
A city official and an Iowa State Patrol spokesman said Monday that Greiner suffered a medical condition that caused him to hit the accelerator, but Chief Deputy Jared Schneider of Washington County said Tuesday those statements were premature. He said investigators did not yet have enough information to make that determination. Greiner was being interviewed Tuesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, he said.
Schneider said a state patrol spokesman was mistaken when he said Monday the person who died was thrown out of the back of the truck. He said Breed was not riding in the truck, and was simply attending the auction.
Schneider said authorities were still compiling information about the others who were injured in the crash, and weren't ready to release their identities or conditions. A hospital spokesman said he could not release any information.
Jonah Grier, a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol, said the red pickup truck sped through the barn's parking lot, entered a yard and struck landscaping and a tree. He said the truck then went back onto the street for two blocks before turning onto another street and coming to a stop.
Grier and Schneider both said that it appears that Greiner was able to bring the truck to a stop on his own. Schneider said he is not sure whether Greiner was a volunteer driver or an employee for the auction house, whose owner didn't return a phone message.
Hundreds of people attended Monday's auction in Kalona, a town of about 2,600 about 20 miles southwest of Iowa City.