Alcohol NOT A Factor in January Wrong-Way Crash

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- UPDATE:Investigators may never know the true cause behind a wrong-way crash on I-380 that killed two people.

Police say a car driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 led to a multi-vehicle crash near the 76th Ave. overpass on Monday, January 29, 2018. (Source: Linn County Area Fire Photography)

Police say 69-year-old Rob Norton, who was the founder of KRNA and CEO of KZIA radio in Cedar Rapids, drove the wrong way on I-380 North for three miles before slamming head-on into another car near the airport exit. Norton and the other driver, 28 year-old Jennifer Koenighain of Cedar Rapids, both died in the crash. Koenighain was driving home from a Yoga class at the time.

A state medical examiner's report found alcohol was in Norton's system at the time of the crash but he was not legally drunk at the time. Police said there was also not enough information on whether any medical condition might have played a role in the crash. Police say there are too many unknowns to say for sure why Norton was driving the wrong way on I-380 for so long.

"Unfortunately, but the reality is, there are times when questions remain even after the crash investigation and medical examiner reports are completed," said Cedar Rapids police spokesperson Greg Buelow.

ORIGINAL STORY: An autopsy report found alcohol was not a factor in a wrong-way driver crash on I-380 that killed two people.

Police say Rob Norton, who was the founder of KRNA and CEO of KZIA radio in Cedar Rapids, was driving the wrong way on I-380 for more than three miles before crashing head-on into another car near the airport exit. The other driver, 28 year-old Jennifer Koenighain of Cedar Rapids, was driving back from a yoga class. Both Norton and Koenighain died in the crash.

Police received the state medical examiner's report this week. That report found Norton did have alcohol in his system at the time of the crash but was not legally drunk. It also revealed Norton died from the crash and not any other condition.

title

Content Goes Here