Crash Kills Teens

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — Two teens died and three more were seriously hurt when the SUV they were riding in rolled three times. The Iowa State Patrol said the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday in a rural part of Winneshiek County between Decorah and Cresco. According to an accident report, 18-year old Dalton Hemesath of Ridgway was the driver of the SUV and lost control on Pole Line Road and County Road W-14. The tire marks show the vehicle went sideways before veering into a ditch on the west side of the road. Investigators believe the SUV rolled three times before landing on its tires. Hemesath and 18-year old Karter Einck of Decorah were both killed in the crash. One of the occupants, 17-year old Emmitt Stemper of Decorah, was airlifted to Gunderson Hospital in LaCrosse. 17-year old Brenden Hunter of Decorah and 18-year old David Kreitzer of Decorah were taken to the Cresco Hospital for treatment.