Benda swerved to avoid hitting a deer leading to deadly crash

The Iowa State Patrol reported that the crash that killed Trooper Ted Benda of Decorah happened when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer while driving at a high speed responding to a call.

The Iowa State Patrol reported that the crash that killed Trooper Ted Benda of Decorah happened when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer while driving at a high speed responding to a call.
On Thursday, Oct. 14, Benda was heading southbound on Highway 51 to assist the Clayton County Sheriff for a call for service.
“Due to this evasive action, the Dodge Charger lost traction, entered into the east ditch, and struck an embankment on the driver’s side,” The Iowa State Patrol said. “The vehicle then rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.”
Benda was airlifted to a hospital in La Crosse, Wis., after the crash. He later died from his injuries. He was the 12th trooper in Iowa State Patrol history to be killed in the line of duty.
Benda was laid to rest at a funeral service at Waukon High School on Oct. 27.
In a release, The Iowa State Patrol said it is continuing to support Trooper Benda’s wife Holly and their four children. A memorial fund has been established at the FreedomBank in Waukon.

 

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