Iowa City man hit in head-on collision

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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One man died after a head-on collision in Iowa City Tuesday afternoon.

According to Iowa City police Sgt. Dave Droll, officers were notified of the accident at 4:14 p.m.

Droll said the accident took place on the eastbound lane of Highway 6 near the intersection of Heinz Road, and one Iowa City man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle was identified as Jose Mendoza, 63, of 2 Remote St. The driver of the west-bound vehicle was identified as Chad Mecham, 21, of Paddock Circle.

Officials said both drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles, and Mendoza was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Mecham was taken to Univeristy of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; his condition remains unknown.

Based on witness statements and physical evidence, officials said Mecham’s vehicle drifted out of the westbound lane and into the eastbound lane, where it first clipped the left rear of a third car.

A press release said Mecham’s car then hit Mendoza’s vehicle head on.

The driver of the clipped vehicle was not injured.

Droll said officials allowed westbound traffic to continue and diverted eastbound traffic on Heinz Road following the accident, but no roads were closed.

The investigation remains under investigation.

— by Hayley Bruce

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