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UPDATE: Iowa State Patrol identifies victim and officer involved in fatal Red Oak crash

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-11 17:43:12-05

RED OAK, IA. (KMTV) — UPDATE 1/11/2022 2:30 PM

The Red Oak Police Department told 3 News Now that an investigation is underway following a fatal accident involving Red Oak Police Officer Reece Anderson and a child Monday evening around 7 p.m.

The child has been identified as 12-year-old, Vana Marie Redd.

Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Alex Dinkla told 3 News Now that several Red Oak officers were responding to an apartment fire within the city of Red Oak. Dinkla told 3 News now that the Red Oak police were in "Emergency Mode," meaning that lights, sirens and high speeds were part of the emergency response. He said that the details around the response are under investigation.

The patrol cars were northbound on N Broadway Street near the intersection of Joy Street.

Iowa State Patrol confirmed that the child was struck and killed by one patrol car as the child ran into the roadway.

The local school district released a statement upon learning of Redd's death.

"The Red Oak Community School District is deeply saddened by the unexpected death of one of our students. Our prayers go out to the child’s family and friends and everyone involved in this terrible tragedy. Grief counselors will be available to support students and staff throughout the week. We are also compiling resources to help parents speak with their children about this loss. Out of respect for the family, we are not sharing additional details about the student or the incident," Superintendent Ron Lorenz said in an email.

Officer Anderson is on administrative leave.

Iowa State Patrol investigates with assistance from the Red Oak Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff, and Red Oak Fire / Rescue.

This is a developing story and 3 News Now will continue to update it as more information is available.

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