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UPDATE: Police say student hit school district van on scooter, driver returned to scene

UPDATE: IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Iowa City Police told KWWL Thursday that Corey Turner, the school district employee identified in an accident in late September, did return to the scene to aid the 12-year-old student hurt in the incident.

A witness who helped the child to their feet told investigators the child hit the rear of the van while riding a push scooter across the intersection.

Turner stopped the district van and attempted to help the child, but he had rode off after sustaining only minor injuries, according to Capt. Denise Brotherton with ICPD.

 

Iowa City Schools officials tell us the driver of the van in the alleged hit-and-run last month was employee Corey Turner.

They also tell us Turner is on administrative leave until “placement in a non-driving position within the district is determined.”


IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – An investigation by the City of Iowa City into the Sept. 24 accident that was initially reported as a “hit-and-run” has determined that the driver did not break any laws regarding leaving the scene of a vehicle collision.

The vehicle was identified as an Iowa City Community School District transit van driven by a school employee.

It was discovered, however, that the driver was using a cell phone prior to the incident, according to the City of Iowa City. As a result, they have been cited for violation of Iowa Code 321.276 – Use of Electronic Communication Device While Driving.


(Sept. 24) Around 3:23 p.m. today, Iowa City Police were sent out on a report of a hit-and-run accident that occurred about ten minutes earlier at the intersection of Governor and Burlington Streets.

A 12-year-old boy was crossing the street when he was hit by what he believed to be a white van that going west on Burlington Street and turning north on Governor Street. It was reported that the van’s driver stopped until the child got to his feet with help from an unknown witness. The driver then continued to go north on Governor Street.

The Iowa City Police Department is attempting to identify the driver of the vehicle including the unknown witness who helped the child. If you have any information regarding this incident please call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5276.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact them online at iccrimestoppers.org or by phone at 358-TIPS (8477) . All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

Stay with KWWL as we learn more information.

UPDATE:

We have learned that the vehicle involved in the hit and run was an Iowa City Community School District owned van. The accident occurred while the van was transporting students home from school.

One student was in the van at the time.

The driver has been placed on administrative leave.

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