One injured in early morning accident


LEE COUNTY – A Wever man was injured this morning as a result of a head-on collision on 330th Avenue.

Michael Joseph Koch, 39, was airlifted after being trapped in his overturned vehicle in the 1600 block of 330th Avenue in northern Lee County.

Koch was taken by medical helicopter to Iowa City with injuries.

His Toyota Yaris was struck on the front drivers side by a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Michael Edward DiPrima, 16, also of Wever.

Both men were wearing seatbelts. DiPrima was cited for failure to maintain his lane.

According to the sheriff’s report, DiPrima said he closed his eyes and when he opened them he was in the northbound lane and struck Koch’s vehicle front driver’s side to front driver’s side.

The impact spun DiPrima’s vehicle back into the southbound lane. Koch’s vehicle left the roadway, entered the east ditch and overturned trapping him in the vehicle.

Wever Fire & Rescue, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Lee County EMS and AirEvac responded to the accident.

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