Two Solon students hospitalized after accident
WATERLOO — Two Solon High School students were hospitalized Thursday night after a rollover accident that officials say was caused in part because of an incident between Solon and Washington students following Solon’s loss to Washington in the state football semifinals in Cedar Falls.
According to a press release from the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, two Solon students were injured in the single-vehicle crash. According to the crash report, one of the students was ejected from the vehicle. The two were taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. The accident reportedly happened shortly before midnight Thursday on Interstate 380 at milepost 64 in Black Hawk County.
Solon student Shae Scott, 18, of Iowa City, who was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition southbound on Interstate 380 with five passengers after the game, was cited for failure to maintain control of the vehicle. Scott and the other three passengers were uninjured.
According to the report, Scott told deputies she had been following the vehicle carrying the Washington students, who were not named in the report. Scott said the Washington students were gesturing at her vehicle. Scott told deputies that the driver of the Washington vehicle slammed on the breaks, which is when she swerved and rolled her vehicle. The vehicle rolled twice and came to rest in the center median. Passengers Allison Mercer of Cedar Rapids and Alexa Roeder of Iowa City sustained injuries.
The Washington students said the Solon vehicle had been flashing its brights and the occupants were making obscene gestures and “mooning” them. The Washington students said that they tapped the brakes to get the vehicle to back off, which is when the vehicle lost control. The driver said the Washington students had been in the process of calling 911 due to the other vehicle’s unsafe driving.
Randy Schrader, dean of students at Washington High School, said that if the Washington student wasn’t cited for the incident, it wouldn’t be something the school would discipline the students for. He said that the incident wouldn’t be a violation of the school’s good conduct policy, because it didn’t involve the students being arrested for drugs or alcohol. He said that he had not been aware of the incident.
“We would probably have a stern conversation with the students about representing the reputation of the school,” Schrader said.
Solon Principal Nathan Wear and Washington principal Erik Buchholz were both unavailable for comment. Washington School Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said that he had been unaware of the incident and it would be up to the high school if the Washington students would be disciplined for the incident.