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Iowa State Patrol investigates fatal crash involving officer, child in Red Oak

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 10:13 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Iowa State Patrol is in charge of an investigation into a deadly collision between a Red Oak police cruiser and a child.

The 12-year-old died of her injuries. The victim has been identified as Vana Marie Redd according to the Iowa State Patrol report.

ISP reported that several Red Oak officers were responding in an emergency mode to an apartment fire in Red Oak. They were traveling northbound on N Broadway Street near the intersection of Joy Street when one of the three patrol cars struck the pedestrian in the roadway.

Officials say the child ran into the roadway and the crash remains under investigation.

6 News has learned the child was a sixth-grader.

In an email to parents, the school district said grief counselors will meet with students over the next few days to help them cope.

Dear Parents,

I’m writing in great sadness to inform you that a student was killed in a tragic accident earlier this evening. Details are sketchy, but we have confirmed the student was a 6th grader. Our prayers go out to the child’s family, friends, and classmates.

Grief counselors and members of our school counseling team will be on hand to meet with students individually and in groups tomorrow and over the next few days and weeks to help them cope with this terrible tragedy. You may also wish to speak with your children about this.

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