According to an Iowa State Patrol accident report, Mary Eyman, 74, of Omaha, Nebraska, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Highway 2 in Fremont County at 11:06 p.m. Aug. 3, preparing to turn south onto 300th Avenue when she struck another vehicle.
Eyman said she had time to turn before the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Van driven by David Bartles, 57, of Shenandoah passed. Bartles was traveling eastbound on Highway 2 and said Eyman turned in front of him and he attempted to stop but was not able to prevent a collison.
Eyman was transported by Life Net to UNMC. Bartles and all five of the passengers in his van were transported to the Shenandoah Hospital by Sidney Fire and Rescue, Percival Fire and Rescue, and Riverton Fire and Rescue. The passengers in Bartles’ van were: Pat Freer, 60, Haley Simpson, 9, Riley Lekey, 15, Ella Simpson, 7, and Patrick Simpson, 44.
Eyman’s vehicle struck Bartles’ van on the front, driver’s side corner, rolling across Highway 2 toward 300th Avenue. Bartles’ van came to rest on the south side of Highway 2.
Two separate witnesses stated Eyman had turned into the oncoming path of Bartles, causing the collision. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage.
Seat belts were in use by all parties in the accident.