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Cherokee County Accident Leaves Storm Lake Woman Dead, Two Others Injured

June 10, 2021 4:36pm

A Storm Lake woman died, and two others were injured in a multi-vehicle accident in Cherokee County. 

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred shortly before 10:20am Thursday at County Road C-63 west of R Avenue.  During the course of the investigation, it was found that 76-year-old Denise Betts of Alta was west bound on C-63 when she struck the rear of a road grader operated by 46-year-old Kelly Ebel of Cherokee. A motorcycle operated by 74-year-old Everett Paeper of Aurelia then struck the rear of Betts’ vehicle.

A passenger of Betts’ vehicle, 97-year-old Naomi Benna of Storm Lake was pronounced dead at the scene.  Both Paeper and Betts sustained serious injuries.  Ebel was uninjured.

This accident is under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Aurelia Fire Department, Wings One, Cherokee Regional Medical Center and Aurelia Police Department.