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UPDATE: Deputies ID Two In Fatal Crash

UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has identified the two people killed as 16-year-old Jacob Schambers from Munith, and his passenger, 21-year-old Adam Robinson from Jackson/Leoni Twp.

Investigators say Schambers was the person at the wheel.


ORIGINAL STORY: Officials in Jackson County say alcohol may have played a role in a deadly weekend accident. Two people were killed in a crash Saturday in Henrietta Township.

It happened on Coonhill road near Sayers just after 10.

And 6 News spoke with neighbors who say speed has always been a concern near Coonhill road.


Jesse Bromley was just about to go bed when he heard an unusual sound.

"I heard the motor on a car rev up like it had lost control and then I heard the crash," said Neighbor Jesse Bromley.

A crash between a pickup truck and a utility pole.

Jackson County Sheriff's officials say the 16 year-old driver suddenly lost control, going around the corner of Coonhill near Sayers road in Henrietta Township.

Blowing up a transformer, knocking out electricity to some and killing both the driver and 21-year-old passenger.

"I've lived here for 16 years and I've seen seven to nine vehicles roll over and I've had three of them right in my yard."

In this crash officials say neither were wearing their seat belts and alcohol may have been involved.

But neighbors say speed in the area has always been an issue.

"They tear up and down here, especially sport bikes all summer long, 80, 90, 100 miles per hour whip around here."

Now despite the history of speed being a concern around this corner, neighbors actually tell 6 News that the police presence around this area is good and on a regular basis.

"I see the sheriff come by here all the time, state police, Waterloo is really good about coming around here, it's just timing."

And now, in addition to the patrols in the area, friends of the victims are hoping the symbol of a cross will be a somber reminder to drivers, of the dangers that can lie around any curve.

The accident is still under investigation and the names of the two people killed have not been released.

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