Bonaparte man killed, 3.........
WARNER, BARTELS, MILLER, WALLINGFORD
Posted By: Volunteer: Sherri
Date: 7/1/2022 at 22:12:30
**Handwritten: VB Reg 1 Aug 1985
Bonaparte man killed, 3 hurt in auto accident
A Bonaparte man was killed and three injured when the car they were riding in turned over early Saturday morning.
Frank Allen Warner, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gary Bartels, Rusty Miller and Gary Wallingford, all of Bonaparte, were injured.
Bartels was taken by Air Care helicopter to University Hospitals in Iowa City where he was listed in fair condition Monday.
The two other men were taken to Van Buren County Memorial Hospital and were released Sunday.
Monday a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated was filed against Wallingford. No court appearance date has yet been set.
The accident happened around 1:15 a.m. as Wallingford, who was driving a jeep, tried to make a turn from W 40 west onto Highway 2. According to the report by the Iowa State Highway Patrol, he lost control of the vehicle which slid and flipped over, throwing the four men to the pavement. The jeep then flipped over rightside and fell into a roadside ditch.
The accident is under investigation by the Patrol and the Van Buren County Sheriff's office.
Funeral services were held for Warner Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church in Bonaparte.
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**Handwritten: VB Reg 26 Sep 1985 p. 1
Man charged in passenger death
Gary Dean Wallingford of Bonaparte has been charge with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a July 27 accident in which a passenger in the car Wallingford was driving was killed.
Frank Allen Warner of Bonaparte was pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 2 south of Bonaparte.
The charge, brought by the state in district court, says that Wallingford did "unlawfully and unintentionally cause the death of Frank Allen Warner by . . . reckless operation of a motor vehicle in a manner likely to cause death or serious injury."
Wallingford was arraigned Friday and entered a plea of not guilty.
The fatal accident occurred around 1:15 a.m. as Wallingford, who was driving a jeep, tried to make a turn from W-40 west onto Highway 2. According to the report by the Iowa State Highway Patrol, he lost control of the vehicle which slid and flipped over, throwing Wallingford, Warner and two other men, Gary Bartels and Rusty Miller, to the pavement. The jeep fell into a roadside ditch.
A charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated was filed against Wallingford July 29.
According to the minutes of testimony filed with the charge, Deputy Sheriff Mary Sedlacek will testify to finding an empty, cool can of Budweiser beer, a red and white cooler containing full cans of Budweiser and Pabst beer and a cool can of Budweiser with bee still in it at the scene. Rusty Miller will also testify, according to the minutes, and will say he purchased a 12-pack can Budweiser in Bonaparte earlier in the morning and that "some beer had been opened after the jeep with the occupants left Bonaparte."
Source: "Scrapbook 1981 - 1985", Pg. 271,
Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, Van Buren Co., IA
Van Buren Documents maintained by Rich Lowe.
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