Jasper County Officials Release Name of Bicyclist Hit and Killed by Semi

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KELLOGG, Iowa – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the bicyclist hit and killed by a semi early Monday morning in Kellogg.

The bicyclist killed is 43-year-old Jermey Ray Williams of Newton.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 8000 block of Highway 6 E. The person who called 911 said a semi-tractor trailer had struck someone on a bicycle. When emergency reponders arrived, they pronounced Williams dead.

Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty said Williams was wearing dark clothing and did not have any reflective gear.

“It’s just a reminder to wear reflective clothing and safety gear if it’s appropriate. People don't always see bicyclists or pedestrians, so you just have to have your head on a swivel when you're out there,” said Halferty.

Officials identified the semi driver as Melvin Ties of Newton. They say he remained at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with investigators.

The crash is still under investigation.

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