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Sheldon man faces charges connected to fatal ATV crash

Sheldon man faces charges connected to fatal ATV crash


PRIMGHAR, Iowa | A Sheldon, Iowa, man was arrested Thursday on a pair of charges related to his role in a July 2016 all-terrain vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a female passenger

O'Brien County authorities charged 27-year-old Garrett Richard Crowl with two counts of homicide by vehicle, one for operating while intoxicated and another for reckless driving. 

According to a news release, Crowl was the driver of an ATV carrying one passenger, 25-year-old Shaleah Donavon, that crashed the evening of July 30, 2016, at a private recreation area approximately two miles north of Sheldon. The release said Crowl lost control of the ATV and collided with a tree. Neither Crowl nor Donavon were wearing helmets. 

Crowl and Donavon were both transported by Sheldon Ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon. Donavon was pronounced dead at the hospital. Crowl was later airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Criminal complaints filed against Crowl earlier this month allege the accident occurred while he was operating the ATV recklessly while under the influence of a controlled substance. Crowl turned himself in Thursday and was booked into the O'Brien County Jail. He was released later that day on a recognizance bond and will be required to appear later in O'Brien County District Court on the charges. 

The Iowa State Patrol and O'Brien County Sheriff investigated the case. 


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