Jackson woman and her son killed in Dickinson County crash

The Iowa crash occurred Saturday morning at the intersection of 120th Street and U.S. 71.

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SPIRIT LAKE , Iowa — A Jackson woman and her one-year-old son were killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning on U.S. 71 in Dickinson County .

Mariah Nelson, 29, was driving a 2008 Hyundai eastbound on 120th Street when she went through a stop sign at U.S. 71 and collided with a southbound 2011 GMC Sierra driven by Allen Weinzetl, 63, of Jackson. Both vehicles rolled and came to rest southeast of the intersection.

Nelson and her son, Symere Williams, were killed. Nelson’s daughters, Armani Scott, 5, and Zariah Scott, 6, were both transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare with incapacitating injuries. They were later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Weinzetl was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare with non-incapacitating injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, Teresa Chonko, 58, also suffered non-incapacitating injuries. She was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare and later transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The crash was reported at 11:28 a.m. Saturday. Assisting at the scene were the Iowa State Patrol, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson County Communications Center, Spirit Lake Police, Lakes Regional Healthcare Spirit Lake ambulance and back-up ambulance, Estherville Ambulance, Superior Fire and Rescue, Spirit Lake Fire and First Responders, Milford Fire and Rescue extrication unit and several passersby.


The crash remains under investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

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