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Criminal Charges Filed in October Fatal Crash

Primghar, Iowa — An investigation into the crash of an SUV and a side-by-side that resulted in the death of a Primghar man this past October, has resulted in charges against the driver of the SUV.

The crash occurred late on the afternoon of October 6th, 2019, at the intersection of 380th And Roosevelt, northwest of Primghar. Authorities say 61-year-old Jerome Schuller of Primghar was westbound on 380th Street in a Polaris 900 side-by-side ATV. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Schuller’s ATV was broadsided by a northbound 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by 40-year-old Joshua Mahler of Sutherland. Both vehicles then came to rest in the ditch, and were engulfed by fire.

Schuller, along with his 6 and 8-year-old grandsons, were taken to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, where Schuller succumbed to his injuries.

According to O’Brien County Attorney Rachel Becker, a thorough investigation into the collision and circumstances surrounding the crash, was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol. As a result of that investigation, Becker says charges have been filed against Joshua Mahler, accusing him of Operating While Intoxicated, Defective Brakes and No Insurance.

Becker, along with O’Brien County Sheriff Allen Schuknecht expressed their thanks to the Iowa State Patrol for their thorough investigation of the collision, and expressed their appreciation to the Schuller family for their cooperation and assistance, and again extended their condolences for Schuller’s death.

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Initial update posted at 12:05pm 10/7/2019

Primghar, Iowa — A Primghar man is dead, and two young boys injured as the result of a collision early Sunday evening northwest of Primghar.

The Iowa State Patrol identifies the victim as 61-year-old Jerome Schueller of Primghar. Troopers say the crash happened at the intersection of 380th Street and Roosevelt Avenue about 5:20 Sunday afternoon. According to the report, Schueller was westbound on 380th Street in a Polaris Ranger 900 side-by-side ATV. Schueller’s ATV entered the intersection with Roosevelt, where his ATV was broad-sided by a 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by 40-year-old Joshua Mahler of Sutherland. According to troopers both vehicles came to rest in the northwest ditch, and were engulfed by fire.

Troopers say Schueller, along with two young boys, ages 6 and 8, were taken to the hospital. Schueller reportedly succumbed to his injuries at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

There is no word on the condition of the two young boys who were injured.

The Iowa State Patrol says the crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, SCAT, Sanborn and Paullina Ambulance Teams, as well as Primghar Fire and Rescue.

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Original post 10:02 am, 10/7/2019

Primghar, Iowa — One person is dead and two others injured in the aftermath of the collision of a side-by-side ATV and an SUV northwest of Primghar early Sunday evening.

According to the Iowa State Patrol the crash happened about 5:20 Sunday evening when a side-by-side was westbound on 380th Street, and a 1999 Chevy Blazer was northbound on Roosevelt Avenue. Troopers say the SUV struck the driver’s side of the ATV, with both vehicles coming to rest in the northwest ditch, where they became fully engulfed in fire.

The names of the individuals involved are being held, pending notification of relatives.

The Iowa State Patrol and O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash, and they say that investigation is ongoing.

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