July 10, 1994 Double Fatality

THE STATE OF IOWA

Plaintiff

vs.

DANIEL ROY BUSS

Defendant

 

THE STATE OF IOWA

Plaintiff

vs.

Jon Richard Locke

Defendant

 

Events of the Accident

On July 10, 1994, at approximately 17:15 hours, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 60 about a mile south of Ashton.  Daniel Buss, age 18 of Ashton, Iowa was driving a 1977 Pontiac car northbound on Hwy 60.  Jon Locke, age 19 of Sheldon, Iowa was driving a 1980 Oldsmobile car northbound on Hwy 60.  Kenneth Buysman, age 50 of Sheldon, Iowa was driving a 1986 Chevy car southbound on Hwy 60.  Buss' vehicle did not have an engine in it and was being pushed down the highway by Locke's vehicle.  As they both traveled northbound on Hwy 60, Buss' vehicle would drift across the center of the roadway and then return to its lane of traffic.  Locke's vehicle decelerated and Buss' vehicle crossed the center of the roadway and into the southbound lane of Hwy 60 and collided with Buysman's vehicle head-on.    Locke's vehicle made no contact with the other vehicles during or after the collision.  Buss' vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 damage.  Locke's vehicle sustained no damage.  Buysman's vehicle sustained approximately $11,000 damage.  Daniel Buss was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital with injuries to his pelvis and upper lip and later airlifted to Sioux City.  A passenger in Buss' vehicle, Larry VanHeuvelen, age 15 of Sheldon, Iowa was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital were he was pronounced dead as a result of massive head trauma.  Kenneth Buysman sustained multiple injuries.  A front seat passenger in Buysman's vehicle, Nancy Buysman, age 49 of Sheldon, Iowa sustained serious injuries to both legs and was taken to Marian Health Center in Sioux City where she died eight days later as a result of her injuries.  Another passenger in Buysman's vehicle, Ryan Buysman, age 12 of Sheldon, Iowa was seated in the back seat and sustained serious injuries to his collarbone and shoulder. 

Investigating Officer: Deputy Doug Weber

On September 24, 1994, Jon Locke was charged with 2 counts Vehicular Homicide, a class "C" Felony and cited for Movement of Unsafe Vehicle, a Simple Misdemeanor. 

On September 24, 1994, Daniel Buss was charged with 2 counts of Aiding and Abetting Vehicular Homicide, a class "C" Felony and cited for Movement of Unsafe Vehicle, a Simple Misdemeanor.

On June 20th, 1995, Daniel Roy Buss was found guilty on two counts in the crime of Serious Injury By Vehicle, for his involvement in the deaths of Nancy Buysman, age 49 and Larry VanHeuvelen, age 15 both from Sheldon, Iowa.  The defendant was sentenced to confinement in the Osceola County Jail for a term of one year for both counts to be served concurrently.  The sentences were suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for one year.

On January 25, 1996 the Vehicular Homicide charges for Jon Richard Locke were dismissed.

 

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