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Names of passengers released in fatal Saturday crash

Names of passengers released in fatal Saturday crash


SIOUX CITY | The names of the passengers involved in a fatal car crash that left one teenager dead Saturday night were released Monday.

Alyssa Barber, 16, Armando Aranda, 14, Brianna Ortega, 14, and Jacob Elwell, 15, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the driver, Rodney Feller, 14, lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole near Villa Avenue and Leonard Street.

The passengers and driver are all from Sioux City.

Feller, a West High School student, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A number of students gathered Monday at a makeshift memorial to mourn his death. Family and friends left candles, flowers, stuffed animals and other items at a memorial around the pole that replaced the one Feller struck. One message read, "Rodney, we love you. God got a beautiful angel."

Sgt. Todd Sassman said Feller had an instructional driver's permit, which is valid if a parent or adult age 24 or older with a driver's license is with the permit holder. It is unknown where the teenagers were driving to or from, Sassman said.

Police said speed was believed to be the major cause for the severity of the crash.

Feller was not believed to be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, police said.


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