Two Teens Face Charges In Deadly Iowa City Crash

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(Johnson County, IA) -- Two teens are facing charges in a deadly Iowa City crash. Iowa City Police say the teens are accused of speeding in separate SUVs the night of May 27th, when one SUV collided with a car driven by 22-year-old Jennifer Russell, whose car then hit the second SUV, at East Court St. and South 7th Avenue.

Investigators say according to witnesses, Russell had been stopped at a stop sign and was hit by one SUV when she entered the intersection. Her car then hit the second SUV. Russell died of injuries from the crash. Investigators say both teens were driving at least 25 miles over the speed limit and ran a stop sign.

Witnesses reported seeing the VUE driving next to a white 2012 GMC Acadia on East Court St. traveling toward the intersection at a high rate of speed. The driver of the VUE was identified as a 17-year-old male Juvenile #1. The driver of the Acadia was identified as a 17-year-old male Juvenile #2.

The Johnson County Attorney's Office has filed Homicide by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter charges, and will seek to waive jurisdiction from juvenile court to Johnson County District Court for both juveniles.

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