Two die in crash after man steals car

OTTUMWA ? The Ottumwa Police Department responded to a car theft Monday night, and later learned that the stolen car was involved in a car accident in which two people died.

According to a press release from the Ottumwa Police Department, officers responded to the 1800 block of Greenwood Drive at 7:46 p.m. after hearing a pizza delivery driver had been robbed. The victim was a 21-year-old man from Ottumwa, who reported that, after he delivered a pizza in the area, a male subject assaulted him and stole his vehicle.

The subject cut the victim?s face with a knife or other sharp object during the assault, and the victim was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Less than 20 minutes later at 8:03 p.m., a motor vehicle accident was reported near the intersection of Highway 34 and County Road T61. Police determined that one of the vehicles involved was the stolen car from earlier that night.

The suspect driving the stolen car was identified as Nathaniel Wesley Stroud, 28, of Centerville. The driver of the other vehicle was identified as Summer Leanne Cox, 34, of Allerton. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Iowa State Patrol?s report indicated that Stroud was driving the wrong way on Highway 34, going west in the eastbound lane at a high rate of speed. Cox was traveling eastbound in the eastbound lane. Stroud struck Cox?s vehicle head on near the intersection with T61.