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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
December 2, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Three Killed, Two Injured in Crash at Pella Walmart

PELLA, Iowa – On December 1, 2016, at approximately 9:54AM, a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck crashed through the Market and Pharmacy entrance of the Walmart store in Pella and killed three people.

The Pella Police Department, Pella Fire and EMS, Iowa State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to the crash scene.

Upon arriving at the scene, it was determined that three people were killed and two were injured in the crash, one of those injured is the driver of the truck. The conditions of the two injured are not known at this time.

Names of deceased:
Carrie Zugg, 31, a Walmart employee, from Leighton, IA
Lindsey Rietveld, 29, a Walmart employee, from Bussey, IA
Ruth Jean DeJong, 76, shopper, from Pella, IA

Names of injured:
Dennis Mockenhaupt, 66, driver of pickup truck, from Knoxville, IA
Robert DeJong, 77, shopper, from Pella, IA

Autopsies on the deceased individuals will be conducted next week at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

The investigation is on-going into this crash by the Pella Police Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Iowa State Patrol (ISP); the Pella Fire and EMS, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Knoxville Police Department, and Knoxville Fire Department.

Media Contacts:
DCI: Michael Motsinger, Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge, at (515) 729-3706
ISP: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig, Iowa State Patrol PIO, at (515) 745-2863
Walmart Media Relations: 1-800-331-0085

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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