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Police continue to investigate car fatality, release names

December 1, 2012

Police have identified the woman who died in a car collision Thursday as Patricia Pennell, 33, of Melbourne.

Marshall County Medical Examiner Dr. David Bethel pronounced Pennell dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Highland Acres Road and West Lincoln Way in Marshalltown.

Pennell was the only passenger in a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Jordan Wasem, 19, of Waverly. When the Grand Prix collided with a Ford Econoline, the van rolled from the road, injuring the 10 men and two women, ages 25 to 53, inside, said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

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Paramedics transported the driver of the van, Aroro Titi, 28, of Des Moines, along with the others to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center for treatment of various minor injuries, Hanken said.

The crash did not injure Wasem, but paramedics admitted him to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Police still know few details surrounding a crash - who hit whom, whether passengers were wearing their seatbelts, which direction the vehicles were traveling and the people's relationship to one another.

The MPD will continue to investigate the crash.



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