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Details released on fatal crash

The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office has released details about the crash that killed 18-year-old Jose Javier Santos Jimenez of Fairfield.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 12:07 a.m. Saturday of an accident in the 12000 block of Rabbit Run Road near the intersection with 120th Avenue south of Ottumwa. The investigation showed that Jimenez was driving southeast when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole near 120th Avenue.

Jimenez died as a result of his injuries. A passenger, Emerson Rauda Torres, 18, of Ottumwa was transported by to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

Deputies investigating the accident believe excessive speed was a significant contributing factor in the crash.