UPDATE: Fairbank mayor killed in crash involving a driver’s education car | Local News

UPDATE: Fairbank mayor killed in crash involving a driver’s education car | Local News

JANESVILLE — The mayor of Fairbank was killed in a two-car or truck crash Monday early morning on U.S. Highway 218 that associated a driver’s education automobile.

Gregory Harter, 71, a passenger in the driver’s education auto, died at the scene. 3 other folks had been hurt, together with two 14-yr-olds, just one of whom was the driver.

Fairbank Metropolis Clerk Brittany Fuller confirmed that the victim in the crash was Mayor Gregory “Mike” Harter. 

The Iowa Condition Patrol stated that shortly in advance of 8:30 a.m. a 14-12 months-outdated from Waterloo was driving a Chevy Impala southbound on Freeway 218 around the Janesville exit when the auto went onto the shoulder. The driver about-corrected, crossing the southbound lanes of the highway and the median into the route of an oncoming northbound auto.

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A State Patrol formal verified the Chevy Impala was a driver’s education and learning vehicle.

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The driver of the Impala and a passenger from Waverly, the other 14-year-aged, had been harm in the incident. The girl in the other car, Tabetha Gehrke, of Waterloo, was also wounded.

A concept acknowledging Harter’s death was posted on the city of Fairbank’s Facebook web site late afternoon Monday.

“Mike was quite active in our community more than the a long time and excelled in his Mayoral position to support direct the group in the ideal course,” mentioned the submit. “He served as Mayor considering that January of 2018 and prior to that on the town council for 2 years.

“Mike’s really like for his household and enthusiasm for the community was observed day by day and his motivation to the Metropolis of Fairbank will usually be remembered. He will be dearly skipped by metropolis personnel, the council, and the community of Fairbank. We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mike’s spouse, Marla, their young children, Andy (Jeni), and Ryan, and their households.”

Harter beforehand served on the Wapsie Valley Board of Education, according to Courier files. In 2018, he stepped down from his seat to become Wapsie Valley Neighborhood Schools’ interim superintendent after the board ended a sharing arrangement on the management place with Dunkerton Group Universities.

He was a previous educator who retired virtually a ten years back as a faculty superintendent. He led just one of the districts that now would make up East Greene Neighborhood Educational facilities in Jefferson adhering to a 2014 merger.

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Harter was elected to the school board in September 2017 and elected mayor a few months later in November. He stepped down from the board in October 2018 to lead the district on an interim basis.

Harter was transported to Woods Funeral House following Monday’s incident. The two teens were being transported to UnityPoint Overall health-Allen Hospital and Gehrke was transported to MercyOne Waterloo Professional medical Center.

Also responding to the scene of the incident were the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, Janesville fire and police departments, Waverly Ambulance, the point out health care examiner’s office, Tim and Mike’s Towing, and the Iowa Department of Transportation. The crash remains beneath investigation by the Iowa Point out Patrol.

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