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BEYER, Donna Mae 1946-2007


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 5/1/2010 at 15:37:16

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Donna Beyer, 60 killed in auto accident early Sunday

Donna Beyer, 60, longtime Hudson resident was killed early Sunday morning, on U.S. Highway 63, a half mile east of the Iowa Highway 96 junction in Tama County. She was a passenger in a northbound jeep driven by her husband Keith Beyer 63.

A minivan, southbound on Highway 63, crossed the centerline and hit the Beyer vehicle head-on, according to the Iowa State Highway Patrol.

The driver of the minivan was reportedly injured and fled the scene. Trooper Mike Austin said the minivan abandoned at the scene was reported stolen in Cedar Falls. Keith Beyer was transported to Covenant Medical Center for injuries. Several hours later, Dain Mawdsley, 19, of Independence, Iowa totaled a car eight miles northwest of Conrad, Mawdsley was northbound on Iowa Bernerís Ford was hot-wired. Another vehicle in a carport at the Berner home had a door ajar and now reportedly has electrical problems.

The Grundy County accident remains under investigation.

Services for Donna Mae Beyer will be held at Cedar Valley Community Church in Waterloo on Friday, February 1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

Visitation will be held at Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories, An Overton Family service, Waterloo, on Thursday, February 1, 2007 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Hudson Cemetery in Hudson.

Donna Mae Beyer was born March 20, 1946 at Hampton, Iowa, daughter of Kenney and Vernon Tiedt Lines.

As a young girl she moved to Waterloo where she attended school and graduated from East High School in 1964. On November 28, 1964 she was united in marriage to Keith Beyer in Waterloo.

Donna and Keith then made their home in Waterloo where she worked as a nurseís aid and later for FW Means. They then made their home in the communities of Janesville, Cedar Falls and currently were making their home in Hudson. Donna was employed at various jobs in Black Hawk County and currently was employed at TJ Max in Waterloo.

Donnaís death came early Sunday morning, January 28, 2007 as the result of an automobile accident near Traer.

She was a member of the Cedar Valley Community Church and AMVETS.

She is survived by her loving husband, Keith of Hudson, two daughters, SaRee Machtemes of Waconia, Minnesota and Sonja (James) Chambers of West Des Moines, Iowa; four grandchildren Brandon, Blake, Colton and Morgan; four sisters, Patty Franke of Hudson, Iowa, Sharon Jones of Johnston, Iowa, Sandra (Sam) Genolous of Cedar Falls, and Debbie (Ron) Carpenter of Oklahoma.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Suspect in stolen cars, fatal crash, still critical
By KAREN HEINSELMAN, Courier Staff Writer, Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:00 am

TRAER --- Authorities are investigating whether the suspect thought to have stolen and crashed two vehicles on Sunday --- one of which resulted in the death of a Hudson woman --- may have taken a third vehicle.

Dain Mawdsley, 19, of Independence, remained in critical condition today after crashing a sedan into a utility pole at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday in Grundy County, eight miles north of Conrad. The vehicle belonged to a rural Traer couple.

Law enforcement are investigating whether Mawdsley also caused a head-on collision at 12:40 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 63 in Tama County, east of the Iowa Highway 96 junction. In that accident, the driver of a minivan --- reported stolen from Cedar Falls --- struck a jeep, killing its passenger, Donna Beyer, 60, of Hudson.

Keith Beyer, 63, of Hudson, driver of the jeep, was transported to Covenant Medical Center but is not listed as a patient.

The driver of the minivan reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Mawdsley's cell phone and a pair of glasses that look like the ones he is wearing in a photo ID were found in the van, said Iowa State Patrol Trooper Mike Austin.

Now Cedar Falls Police say a car found abandoned in a snowbank near 20th and Iowa streets at 12:20 a.m. Sunday may have been stolen by the suspect involved in the fatal accident. The vehicle was owned by University of Northern Iowa wrestler C.J. Ettelson, who lives nearby, but confirmed that wasn't where he had left the vehicle. Police are checking fingerprints in the Ettelson vehicle.

Authorities haven't been able to question Mawdsley, a patient at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, because of his injuries, said Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning.

"We are basically in a holding pattern to see how the driver survives or not," Penning said.

After the Grundy County accident, law enforcement traced the car the couple from Traer.

" ... And we knew we had a younger driver," Penning said. " ... We just put two and two together from there."

The Iowa State Patrol, the Grundy County Sheriff's Office and the Tama County sheriff's office have been investigating the incident.

Last year, Mawdsley pleaded guilty to first-offense operating while intoxicated and was given a deferred sentence.

Earlier this month, Mawdsley was fined in Buchanan County for failing to yield to a vehicle. In 2003, Mawdsley was fined with failing to have a valid license or permit to operate a motor vehicle.


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