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SCHUYLER – The Colfax County Attorney’s Office reported that the two women who were passengers in a fatal head-on collision March 23 on U.S. Highway 30 east of Schuyler remained in serious condition on Monday morning.

County Attorney Denise Kracl said Candace Marshall, who was a front-seat passenger, and Peggy Hoffman, who was sitting in the back seat, were listed in critical condition when they were transported to CHI Health Clinic following the evening crash.

Driver Mark Connealy, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene after crossing the center line on the highway on the east side of Colfax County.

Kracl said an autopsy conducted on Connealy has ruled out alcohol and natural causes as causes of the fatal collision. She said a rumor that has been circulated since the crash speculated that Connealy did not have valid driver’s license.

“The rumor is false,” Kracl said Monday.

Seat belts were not in use.

According to Kracl’s office, Connealy was traveling eastbound in a 2015 Ford Fiesta when he collided with a westbound 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by 61-year-old Steven Marshall of Octavia.

The crash occurred where the roadway transitions from the current Highway 30 and the newly constructed highway on the east side of the county, Kracl said.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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