Crash Near Cherokee Claims Life Of A Storm Lake Woman

Thu 6-10-2021

(Cherokee)-- A multi-vehicle crash this (Thursday) morning near Cherokee has claimed a life

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, several miles south of Cherokee at an intersection of two county roads.

Authorities say a vehicle driven by a Denise Betts of Alta was traveling westbound on C63 when she struck the rear of a road grader operated by Kelly Ebel of Cherokee. After that, a motorcycle operated by Everett Paeper of Aurelia struck the rear of Betts' vehicle.

The sheriff's office says a passenger in Betts' vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified as Naomi Benna of Storm Lake, Iowa.

Both Paeper and Betts sustained serious injuries in he accident. Ebel was uninjured.

The accident is still under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.