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Northeast Iowa Trooper Died Trying to Avoid Deer

An Iowa State Patrol Trooper who died from injuries suffered when he crashed his squad car last month was trying to avoid hitting a deer.

The Iowa State Patrol says the wreck that killed Trooper Ted Benda happened when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer while driving at high speed responding to a call on October 14. Benda was heading southbound on Highway 51 to assist the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office when he crashed about six miles north of Postville.

Benda was airlifted to a LaCrosse hospital after the wreck, where he died a few days later. The Waukon native most recently worked out of the District Office in Oelwein. 

In a statement, the Iowa State Patrol said, “Due to this evasive action, the Dodge Charger lost traction, entered into the east ditch, and struck an embankment on the driver’s side. The vehicle then rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side.”

The Iowa State Patrol says it continues to support Trooper Benda’s wife Holly and their four children. A memorial fund has been established at Freedom Bank in Waukon.

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Mark Pitz

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