Son Remembers Mother Killed in Madison County Crash

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WINTERSET, Iowa -- The son of a woman killed Thursday in a collision on a Madison County road is speaking out, sharing details on who his mother was.

Josephine Snyder, 53, was riding to work when she struck by a van head-on. She worked at the Norwalk City Hall for 15 years.

The Iowa State Patrol says 19-year-old Jaeger Bambrook tried to pass a car that slowed down to make a turn near the town of Cumming. Banbrook and his passenger were injured and transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Snyder died at the scene. She was best known as “Jo,” and she was a mother of three and had two grandchildren.

“She was very energetic. She loved doing stuff. She always had to be doing stuff,” said Eric Snyder.

Eric said his mother embraced life, her family, her grandchildren and her hobbies.

"She loved motorcycling. They got the Slingshot a little over a year ago it was right before dad passed away."

Eric said the Slingshot was a gift his dad bought his mom as a way to remember him by after he passed away from kidney cancer.

“She would drive that thing anytime she had the chance,” he said.

But for the Snyder family, the loss of Jo in a motorcycle crash was all too familiar.

“We’ve experienced this in the past. It’s not completely unfamiliar of a situation,” Eric said.

The family has lost two other relatives to motorcycle accidents.

That's why their message is one worth repeating.

“Pay attention to your surroundings,” Eric said.

Investigators say the accident was preventable. The Snyders think so too.

They have forgiven the driver of the vehicle but hope others realize the importance of awareness and following the rules of the road

“Having people look for motorcycles and actually pay attention to where they are, and making sure you’re driving safely for those around you. It really helps us out and really would have helped out for this,” Eric said.

Jo was described as an amazing giver. She donated a kidney a few years ago, and she was also an active volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation.

Her family says she looked forward to the Central Iowa Kidney Walk every year.

It just so happens, the walk is taking place Saturday at Gray’s Lake at 9 a.m.