One dead, two injured after vehicle collision on E University Avenue

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UPDATE 2:40 p.m.

PLEASANT HILL — Iowa State Patrol have identified the victims in a deadly crash between a semi-trailer and a vehicle.

Troopers say the semi’s driver, Kevin Deronde, drove westbound on Highway 163 approaching N.E. 70th Street. They say a sedan going eastbound, driven by Lisa Kay Pearson-West, turned in front of the semi for an unknown reason.

Deronde was declared dead at the scene. Deronde’s passenger and Pearson-West were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The area of the accident has been partially opened with one lane of traffic.


PLEASANT HILL — The Iowa State Patrol is conducting an investigation into a two-vehicle accident that happened Saturday morning in Pleasant Hill.

According to a press release, responders got a call around 9:00 a.m. about an accident on E University Avenue near NE 70th Street. A semi-trailer truck, driven by Kevi and another unspecified vehicle were involved.

The driver of the semi-trailer truck was determined dead at the scene. The passenger of that vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to Methodist Hospital. Their names will not be released until immediate family is notified.

The area of the accident will be blocked until further notice.

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