A 19 year old woman identified as Ella Jo Leonard was killed in an accident in Union County late Friday night.
The Southwestern Community College Dance Team adored Ella Leonard.
Ella was a member of the team that participated in the previous season’s competition and was preparing to take the team’s leadership once more.
She was an excellent, gifted, and enthusiastic team member.
Tributes from Southwestern Community College Dance Team
It’s with great sadness to announce that we have lost one of our own, Ella Leonard. Ella was a member of the last year team and was returning as a captain this upcoming season. She was a sweet, talented and passionate team member that we will miss very deeply. Please keep Ella’s family and friends in your prayers. Please join us for a candle light service on Tuesday night (July 25th) to celebrate her and Halsie Barnes life. 🤍
According to the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred around 10:30 PM when a 2016 Ford pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 near 190th Street collided with a 2017 Chevy that entered Highway 34.
Ella Jo Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene.
Five others were injured in the accident.
According to the Iowa State Patrol’s report, one was taken via MercyOne Air Med to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, one was lifeflighted to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines and one was taken via ambulance/life flight to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
Two other individuals were treated and released.