PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT - CEDAR FALLS, IOWA
INCIDENT NUMBER: 96-83155
CLASSIFICATION: HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE
SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE
DATE OF THIS REPORT: 10-04-96
DATE OF ORIGINAL REPORT: 10-04-96
VICTIM'S NAME: Juli Farrell
State of Iowa
CONNECTING INCIDENTS: none
JUVENILE INVOLVED: YES [x] NO [ ]
On 10-04-96 around 2300 hours, Officers were dispatched to a
10-50 PI at HWY 58 and Greenhill Rd. Upon arrival Fire, Paramedics
and other officers were already at the scene around a blue
Oldsmobile. This vehicle was completely off of the roadway facing
north. The vehicle was positioned in the grass at the SW corner of
the intersection. As I got closer I saw three female occupants in
the vehicle. Two were positioned in the front seat on one female
was in the back seat. Fire and paramedics were trying to get them
The other vehicle, a silver Toyota 4Runner, did not have any
one in it. This vehicle was partially off the roadway. This
vehicle was also facing North. I saw a man with blood and small
lacerations on his face. This man was identified as the driver of
the Toyota, later identified as Tracy Rokes (07-13-61). T Rokes
had a passenger, his wife, Delonna Rokes (06-27-65) with him. I
asked T. Rokes which direction he was going. He told me he was
going West on Greenhill Rd. T. Rokes said he did not see the other
car until the last second. He said then it was too late.
Three witnesses gave information about themselves and the
accident to Officer Michaels. A witness told me that the Toyota
had a flashing red light going west on Greenhill. Witnesses said
that he did not stop and went threw the intersection colliding with
the Oldsmobile. The names of the witnesses are on the accident
Fire and Paramedics got the back seat passenger out first.
This person was later identified as Tamara Kleinheksel (12-26-77)
also transported in this ambulance to Sartori Hospital. Officer
Michaels followed the ambulance to Sartori Hospital. Officer
Michael followed the ambulance because he suspected T. Rokes had
I assisted with fire and paramedics on getting the other two
females out of the Oldsmobile. Once out of the car the front
passenger, later identified as Kristina Hill (01-01-79), was
transported to Covenant by Sartori paramedics. The Driver, later
identified as Juli Farrell (01-21-80), was transported to Sartori.
After the ambulance left the scene, I assisted Sergeant
Wilson with measurements for this traffic investigation. Also
during this time Sergeant Liljegren took photographs of the scene.
When the measurements and photographs were done, I got the
vehicle registrations from the Oldsmobile and Toyota. Sergeant
Wilson and I left the scene and went to Sartori hospital. Sergeant
Liljegren stayed at the scene waiting or L&M Towing.
At the hospital we spoke with the driver of the blue
Oldsmobile, Juli Farrell (01-21-80). Farrell had several small
lacerations on her had. She also has some broken ribs. Farrell
said that she and her friends were watching movies at a friend's
house. Farrell asked where the accident occurred. She said she did
not remember very much. Once she knew the intersection she said
she was driving and some guy plowed into her. Farrell told us that
it was not her fault. Farrell said she and her friends had not
Sergeant Wilson and I left and hold her that we would be in
contact with her next week.
Sergeant Wilson and I also talked with Farrell's mother at the
hospital. A Farrell's mother gave me their address and phone number.
She also old me that the other two women with Juli were Tami and
Kristina. I told her I would be in contact with her next week to
have Juli come to the station for a statement.
The Rokes, Tracy and Delonna, were still at the hospital when
we were there. Sergeant Wilson asked T. Rokes what had happened,
referring to the accident itself. T. Rokes said he just had one too
many to drink. Sergeant Wilson asked him more specifically about
his direction of travel. T. Rokes said he was west bound and
thought the light was green. He said he went threw the
intersection and looked up and saw the other car. He said it was
too late to step on the brakes. T. Rokes said he did not notice
the lights flashing until after the accident. D. Rokes said she
was upset about her mother's illness and was not paying attention.
D. Rokes said she did not know what the lights were doing.
T. Rokes received some stitches in his face. D. Rokes told
me she had some back pain. The Rokes need a ride home. I
received a copy of the implied consent form that T. Rokes went over
with Officer Anderson when he arrived at the hospital. I got my
other notes in order and then transported the Rokes home, 2622 Ryan
Dr. An odor of an alcoholic beverage was coming from them when we
were walking to the car and stronger once inside the vehicle.
The Rokes were taken home. I explained to them that I would
be calling them next week and have them come down to the station
Sartori told me while I was there that another female from the
accident was transported to Covenant. I went to the station land
called Covenant. I got the information of the two females
passengers in the accident. Covenant game me the names of
Kristina Hill (01-01-79) and Tami Kleinheksel (12-26-77). I was
told that Tami was in serious condition with a concussion and
swelling in the brain. I was also told that Kristina was being
treated for a broken jaw.
As of 10-05-96 at 0200 hours the three women in the Oldsmobile
were still in the hospital.
As of 10-05-96 at 1815 hours, I was informed that Juli Farrell
has passed away at 1745 hours at Allen hospital. At about this
time I was also told that Tami Kleinheksel was taken to Iowa City
and was on full life support. Sergeant Wilson was called in. Once
Wilson arrived he called the Rokes and asked them to come to the
station for statements. Wilson also made contact with Kristina
Hill's family and asked that Kristina come in for a statement.
Wilson said he would call the Hills when he was done talking with
Tracy and Delonna Rokes arrived at the station around 1930
hours. Sergeant Wilson and I informed them about Juli Farrell.
The Rokes were surprised and upset about Farrell's death.
Sergeant Wilson asked that each one give a statement.
Sergeant Wilson left the investigative unit with Tracy. I stayed
in there and took a statement from Delonna. Delonna was read the
Miranda Rights and Waiver Form. She signed the form and agreed to
give me a statement.
Delonna Rokes said that Tracy and her went out that night to
Broosters. She said they were at the bar from 2000 hours till
around 2300 hours. Delonna said she had around 6 beers. She did
not know how many beers Tracy had. Delonna said they left
Broosters and took Greenhill Rd. Delonna said she was crying
because her mother was in the hospital. She said Tracy was talking
to her and holding her hand. Delonna said she did not notice the
intersection or the traffic lights at Greenhill and HWY 58. She
said she did not notice the other car until she heard Tracy say "Oh
Shit". Delonna said that after the accident Tracy told her that
his light was green.
After the accident, Delonna said she did not remember much.
Delonna said she remembers going to the hospital to get checked out
and then going home. Delonna told me her only injuries were sore
and stiff shoulders.
When Delonna was done with her statement she waited in the
lobby for her husband. After Sergeant Wilson was done with Tracy,
the Rokes left the police station.
Around this time, Officer Anderson told me it was confirmed
that the lights at Greenhill and HWY 58 went to flashing at 2200
hours. The flashing yellow is for the north/south traffic on HWY
58 and the flashing red is for east/west traffic on Greenhill. I
was told the lights do not just change to flashing they cycle
Around 2150 hours, the Hill family arrived at the station.
Kristina said she did not have a broken jaw. She said that she got
20 stitches in her chin, a few loose teeth, bruising from the seat
belt, and a sore stomach. Kristina said she would give us a
statement and her parents left the investigative unit during this
Kristina told me she and Juli were having pizza at her house.
Kristina said Tami called and that she wanted them to go over to a
friend's house to watch a movie. Kristina and Juli agreed and Tami
drove to Kristina's house. Once she arrived around 1900 hours they
left in Juli's car and rove to University Avenue to cruise around.
Kristina said they drove a little bit and them went to watch the
movie. Kristina said after the movie they cruised University one
more time and then headed for her house at 700 W. Ridgeway.
Kristina said they took HWY 58 from University. Kristina said
she was the front seat passenger. She said Juli was driving and
Tami was in the back seat in the middle and/or behind Juli.
Kristina said that Juli and herself were wearing their seat belts.
Kristina said she had it on but had the shoulder strap behind her
head. Kristina said she did not remember much about the accident
except for the flashing lights.
Kristina said after the accident, Tami was unconscious in the
back seat. Kristina said she and Juli were alert and talking to
one another right after the accident. Kristina said did not
remember anything else about the accident. Kristina left the
police station with her parents.
This is the extent of my involvement in this accident. I have
included the 10-28's on both vehicles, statements from Delonna
Rokes and Kristina Hill and the State Accident Report. Other
Officers and Sergeants will include their supplements.
REPORTING OFFICER: Diane M. Venenga (VA82)
REVIEWING SUPERVISOR'S NAME: Lashbrook (signed)