Authorities have released the name of the woman who was killed in a two-vehicle accident Monday morning on Highway 30 near Cedar Rapids.
Tina M. Ellis, 39, of Watkins, died when her car was rear-ended by a pickup around 7 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 30, just east of the Williams Boulevard overpass, according to the Linn County sheriff’s office. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and spun into the south ditch.
Ellis, who was pulled from her vehicle by emergency responders, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, authorities said.
Deputies said the driver of the pickup, Steven J. Simon, 22, of Davenport, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Police at the scene said Simon got out of the pickup on his own and was able to walk before the ambulance took him away. He was no longer listed as a patient at St. Luke’s on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
It appeared the pickup rolled after impact, sending glass, tools and other debris onto roadway. Traffic was reduced to one lane for more than four hours near the accident scene.
Investigators determined the pickup Simon was driving rear-ended Ellis’ car near the on-ramp to eastbound Highway 30 from Williams Boulevard. An investigation was still continuing, and no charges have been filed.