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Iowa State Patrol: Identities in Double Fatality Accident Near Solon Released, Cornell Freshman Killed

Emergency responders from both Linn and Johnson County responded to a collision north of Solon last night. The accident resulted in the death of a Cornell College student and a West Union man.


An 18-year-old Cornell College student from Evergreen, Colo. and a 68-year-old man from West Union were both killed after a collision north of Solon Saturday night on Highway 1.

According to Iowa State Patrol reports, at 8:56 p.m., vehicle driven by Wilber Bigler, 68, crossed over the center line on the two-way highway, smashing into the passenger side of the oncoming vehicle driven by Jeffrey Bertucci, 46, of Muskegon, Mich.

Both Bigler and Madison Hubert, 18, were declared dead at the scene by the Johnson County Medical Examiner. Jeffrey Bertucci and Sherry Ann Bertucci, 46, were transported by Johnson County Ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) in Iowa City for their injuries. Colin Bertucci, 20, was taken by air care helicopter to the UIHC for his injuries, and Camden Bertucci, 16, received a ride to UIHC from Mount Vernon Ambulance service for his injuries. 

According to the state patrol accident report, Madison Hubert and Camden Bertucci had not been wearing their seatbelts. 

KCRG is reporting that Hubert was a Cornell College freshman, and Colin Bertucci was also a student at the school.

Cornell College confirms one of the people that died in a Saturday night crash was Madison "Addie" Hubert, a first year student from Colorado.

The college said another male student and three others involved in that crash are being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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Cornell President Jonathan Brand expressed his sympathy for the family.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of our student,” Brand said. “Cornell is a close community and everyone is affected."

The circumstances of the collision remain under investigation, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

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