On April 6, 2009 around 1 p.m., Waterloo Police officers and Waterloo Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a vehicle crash at Highway 218 and Shaulis Road. The crash involved a southbound semi tractor-trailer rig, which broadsided an eastbound passenger car. The names of the drivers involved in this crash are as follows:
Joseph Lavern Tarbill, age 25, of Radcliffe, Iowa was driving the semi. Mr. Tarbill was not injured in this crash.
Leah Christiansen, age 19, of Jesup, Iowa was driving the passenger car. Ms. Christiansen remains in critical condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
As a result of the investigation into this crash Mr. Tarbill was issued a citation for running a red light.
Captain John Beckman
Waterloo Police Department