Ottumwa Driver Dead After Sunday Afternoon Crash

A 37-year-old man passed away as a result of a vehicle accident in Wapello County on Sunday. At 2:54pm, an F150 driven by Tristan Zimmerman of Ottumwa, was traveling westbound on Highway 34 just west of the Highway 16 interchange. The vehicle drifted off the roadway and onto the north shoulder.

Zimmerman then lost control of the vehicle and it entered into the north ditch, overturning and ejecting the driver, who was not wearing his seatbelt. The truck then came to rest upright in a farm field facing northeast.

There were three other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the accident. 32-year-old Shayla Zimmerman was transported by life light to the University of Iowa Hospital. Two minors involved were taken to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and treated for injuries.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Eldon Fire Department, and Wapello Fire Department.