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Authorities Release Photo, Name Of Man Involved In Tiffin Crash
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The Iowa State Patrol has released the photo of a man who left a deadly crash scene in Johnson County Saturday night. Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating Carlos Berlanga-Cardona.
Officials said Berlanga-Cardona was in the truck that ran a stop sign and slammed into a passing SUV on Highway 6 shortly before 7:30 Saturday night.
A media release didn't specify whether or not authorities believe Berlanga-Cardona was the driver, but said he left the scene of the accident and was in the truck.
Troy Liddell, 48, and his sister-in-law, Kelly Liddell, 50, were both killed in the crash. Three others were injured. Authorities said the driver of the truck that hit them fled on foot after badly damaging the vehicle.
"Our philosophy is that it is a tragic accident," said Kristy Heffner, Kelly Liddell's sister. "We appreciate law enforcement, [but finding the driver] isn't our focus."
Heffner said Kelly, Troy and two other family members were on their way to the Englart Theater to celebrate a birthday at the time of the accident.
"Kelly is the most generous person I know, she is kind, caring and involved," said Heffner. "She loves the Lord."