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West Union Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide Pleads Not Guilty, Trial Date Set

A northeast Iowa man charged with vehicular homicide after a crash that resulted in the death of his 18-year-old son has pleaded not guilty.

38-year-old Curtis Williams of West Union faces multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle while operating under the influence, a Class B felony, in connection with incidents that began shortly after 1 am on September 26, 2022,

A Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop of Williams’ vehicle on U.S. Highway 63, but he refused to stop and a pursuit followed at speeds in excess of 105 mph. During the chase, Williams lost control of the vehicle in the curve at the northbound 196-mile marker exit and the vehicle rolled into the ditch. 

18-year-old Jaxon Williams of Decorah was a passenger in the front seat and was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries suffered in the wreck. Curtis Williams was treated for injuries at  Mercy One Medical Center in New Hampton.

Charges against Williams were filed after a lengthy investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol Traffic Investigator, Iowa DCI Crime Lab, State Medical Examiner and Chickasaw County Attorney’s Office. Charges include eluding-while operating under the influence, a Class D felony; plus OWI and driving while license revoked, both serious misdemeanors. 

Monday, Williams pleaded not guilty to all charges and a trial date has been scheduled for March 22nd in Chickasaw County District Court in New Hampton on January 4th. He is being held in the Fayette County Jail in West Union on a $32,000 cash only bond.


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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