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DEADLY CRASH: Atlantic Woman Dies In Accident

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The Iowa State Patrol said Linda Shea wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when she drove her Jaguar around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. The patrol’s report said Shea, a 65-year-old woman from Atlantic, traveled southbound on County Road N16 in Cass County.

The report shows Shea spun out of control for some reason on the road, slid sideways and hit a metal bridge guard rail. The momentum carried her vehicle into a ditch before stopping in a small ravine.

Shea died at the crash site.


  • Richard Shea

    Mr. Price,
    The first thing my mother taught me about being in a car was to put on a seat belt. Beyond my grief, I am struggling to understand why she wasn’t wearing it on this occasion. I did want to correct one sentence in your article: she wasn’t just out driving around. She was driving her new car home. She had been driving the same car for twenty two years, and she phoned me before she left the dealer. She was so happy. My mom suffered from illness much of her life, and we all felt that things were finally moving in a positive direction. She had recovered her strength and wanted so much to see my daughter, her granddaughter, and show her the car.

    I’m not sure why I responded to your article, except that I wanted you to know that she was someone other than just a cautionary tale.

    Richard Shea

  • Paul Orton

    I’m sorry for your loss Richard, I just wanted to say I took the article to mean “around 4:30” and not “driving around”

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