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Woman charged after Lenox man’s death

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 11:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 11:43 a.m. CDT

Jessica M. Brown, 34, of Lenox, was charged Friday with failure to stop at an assured clear distance after an accident June 22, 2013, on 110th Street.

According to a Taylor County Attorney press release, the body of Gerald O. Williams, 58, of Lenox, was found 9 a.m. June 23, 2013, on 110th Street, approximately one-half mile east of Vail Avenue in Lenox. Williams’ wife had been traveling out of state, was unable to contact him and called local law enforcement to request a welfare check. Officers determined Williams was not at his home and noticed his bicycle was not at the residence.

Officers searched popular bicycle routes in the area, and his body was ultimately found in the ditch on 110th, which is a popular bicycle route in the Lenox area.

The incident was investigated by Taylor County Sheriff’s office, Lenox Police Department and Iowa State Highway Patrol, with assistance by Iowa division of Criminal Investigation. It was determined Williams was riding his bicycle 9:15 a.m. June 22, 2013, east on 110th Street and was struck by an eastbound car driven by Brown. Williams died as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was hit.

Brown was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $500, a statutory surcharge of $175 and court costs in the amount of $60.

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