SCHALLER, Iowa -- Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was texting on his cell phone Monday when his car struck another car head-on near Schaller.
The crash happened at 3:43 p.m. about one-fourth of a mile east of Dean Ave. on Highway 20, about two miles south of Schaller.
The Sac County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Tyler Lee Kenny, 16, of Schaller, was driving a 2003 Chevy Impala west on Highway 20 when he crossed the center line and struck a 2000 Volkswagen Passat driven by 20-year-old Scott Edward Trembly, of Ames, Iowa.
Both Kenny and Trembly were taken by ambulance to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa, with non life-threatening injuries. Trembly was then transferred to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday that Trembly was no longer a patient at Mercy.
A 7-month-old Golden Labrador Retriever in Trembly's car was also injured. The dog bit a Schaller fireman as he tried to remove it from the wreckage. The dog was taken to an area veterinarian and put to sleep. The fireman was treated at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.
Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said he believes that Kenny was distracted and was texting on his cell phone at the time of the crash. Kenny was charged with operating a vehicle left of center.
While deputies were at the scene of the crash, the sheriff's office said a Sioux City man also almost ran over McClure as he was directing traffic.
According to the sheriff's office, Thomas Edward Rush, 32, sped through the accident scene at speeds estimated to be over 65 miles per hour. At the time, Highway 20 was down to less than one full lane.
Rush attempted to go around another deputy sheriff as he was trying to stop Rush. The car Rush was driving spun out of control almost striking another semi that was stopped in traffic.
Rush was taken into custody and charged with attempting to elude, a serious misdemeanor; failure to comply with a lawful order of a peace officer; three counts of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle; three counts of reckless driving; and one count of failure to maintain control.