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Creston woman dies Friday in head-on collision

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 4:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:15 p.m. CDT

A Creston woman died Friday in a head-on collision accident on Highway 34 near the Kent corner — located about eight miles southwest of Creston.

The accident occurred 2:57 p.m. Friday.

Samantha Neely, 22, of Creston was killed in the collision.

According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, Brittany Marshall, 24, of Clearfield — driving a 2007 Dodge truck — was traveling west on Highway 34 Friday afternoon when she reached into the back seat, crossed the centerline and struck Neely in a "head-on manner."

Marshall's vehicle came to rest in the south ditch. Neely's vehicle — a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix — came to rest on the south shoulder.

Marshall sustained serious injuries and was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center where her condition at this time is unknown. Marshall's passenger was not injured in the accident.

Neely was pronounced dead and transported to Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

Neely's obituary on page 2A of today's paper states she lived most of her life in the Creston area. She was educated at Winterset, Orient and Creston schools.

She worked at Bunn-O-Matic for a short time. She also worked as a CNA at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center and most recently at Prairie View Assisted Living, where she also became licensed as a medical aid.

She is survived by several family members including her fiancé Danny Fry, parents Mark and Brenda Neely and sons Kason and Nathan Fry — all of Creston.

This is the second fatality accident on Highway 34 in Union County in the past 60 days. The other occured at the intersection of highways 34 and 169 near Afton.

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