Rock Valley Man Taken To Hospital After Accident

Rock Valley, Iowa– A Rock Valley man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Rock Valley on Monday, May 15, 2023.

The Rock Valley Police Department reports that at about 12:10 p.m., 21-year-old Karla Talavera of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Chevy eastbound on Highway 18 at 10th Avenue. They tell us that 22-year-old Brianna Koenen of Hawarden was westbound on 18 in a 2015 Ford.

The report says that Talavera was attempting to turn left to go northbound on 10th Avenue when the vehicles collided in the intersection. Both drivers denied fault, saying they both had green lights. Video from a nearby business showed that the turning vehicle had a blinking yellow light.

A passenger in Talavera’s vehicle, David Blandon of Rock Valley was taken to Hegg Health Center Avera by the Rock Valley Ambulance.

Talavera’s Chevy sustained $6000 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle, and Koenen’s Ford sustained $4000 in damages.

Talavera was charged with driving without a license, operating a non-registered vehicle, and failure to yield upon left turn.


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