CEDAR FALLS POLICE DIVISION
SUBJECT: Two Vehicle Collision (Fatality)
Time/Date: About 2255 hours, October 4, 1996
Driver #1 Rokes, Tracy Allen)7 -13-61 W/M
2622 Ryan Dr., Cedar Falls, Iowa
Iowa D. L. 484-84-9903
Driver #2 Farrell, Juli Ann, 01-21-80, W/F,
104 Walnut, Hudson, Iowa
Iowa D. L. 478-02-2289
On October 4, 1996 at approximately 2315 hours I was notified of a personal
injury accident which had occurred at the intersection of Hwy 58 and Greenhill Rd.
I was requested to make an on-scene investigation. At the time of the reported
accident I was working off-duty at the Deery Brother's. I had monitored the radio
traffic and was aware of the accident. I drove to the Police Station were I picked
up the accident investigation equipment and then drove to the scene.
Upon my arrival at the scene I observed two ambulances and two fire vehicles near
the intersection. The paramedics and fire personnel were working on the injured in
I noticed a 1996 Toyota 4 Runner bearing Iowa license XEL 487 sitting on the
southwest corner of Hwy 58 and Greenhill Rd. The vehicle came to a rest facing in a
northeasterly direction. The Oldsmobile Cutlass bearing Iowa license LIL 370 was
located in the ditch on the southwest corner of Hwy 58 and Greenhill Rd. It was
facing a more northerly direction.
I met with Sgt. Liljegren and Officer Venenga, they briefed me as to what had
transpired in the investigation up to that point. Officer Venenga stated that the
driver of the Toyota, Tracy Rokes was transported to Sartori Hospital. Officer
Michael followed the ambulance to the hospital for follow-up on the report that
Rokes was possibly intoxicated while driving. It was reported that the rear
passenger in the Oldsmobile a sustained a head injury and that person had been
transported to Covenant for treatment. The driver of the Oldsmobile (FARRELL)
had been transported to Sartori as well as the third person in the Farrell vehicle.
Investigation had shown that the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass bearing Iowa license
LIL 370 driven by Juli FARRELL was traveling south on Hwy 58. The 1996 Toyota
4 Runner bearing lowa license XEL 487 driven by Tracy Rokes was traveling west
on Greenhill Rd.
The vehicle driven by Rokes entered the intersection against a red flashing light
striking the Oldsmobile. Several witnesses stated that the lights were flashing red
for east-west traffic for Greenhill Rd. and yellow for north-south traffic on Hwy 58.
Roadway: State Hwy 58 is a four lane divided highway consisting of four concrete
lanes for north-south travel. At the scene of the accident the roadway has one
turn lane along with the four lanes of north and south travel. Greenhill Rd. is a
city street consisting of a four concrete lanes for east and west travel. At the
scene of the accident there is a turning lane for Greenhill Rd. There were no
obstructions found in the investigation and none were mentioned.
ON-SCENE COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE
Officer Venenga positioned her marked patrol vehicle on Hwy 58 north of the
accident scene. The two inside lanes for southbound traffic were closed to
preserve evidence which was on the roadway. Officer Venenga, Sgt. Liljegren
assisted by examining the roadway. We observed fresh skid marks on the
roadway just to the west of the accident scene. These skids were not involved in
the accident. (There was an accident at this same location the day before.)
Officer Venenga and I established numerous points to be plotted. we utilized the
base point/reference point system. The extended curb line on the southwest
corner of Hwy 58 and Greenhill Rd. was used as the base point. These
measurements are included for use in the diagram. The points plotted from
reference point "A" included the resting position of the Rokes vehicle as well as the
Farrell vehicle. Other points plotted were scratch marks on the roadway and the
point of impact.
Various other measurements were taken at the scene to plot the location of the
sidewalk, lane dividers etc. Debris on the roadway consisted glass and vehicle
parts. There were no visible skid marks from either vehicle prior to or after the
Sgt. Liljegren photographed the scene from several locations. Upon completion of
the investigation at the scene L&M Towing were contacted to two the vehicles.
Sgt. Liljegren remained at the scene until the vehicles were towed. Officer
Venenga and myself then proceeded to Sartori Hospital for follow-up.
Upon arrival at the hospital Officer Venenga and I spoke with the victim Juli
FARRELL. I noticed several small lacerations about her head. FARRELL was
complaining of pain to her left side, the nurse Carol Eastman stated that she had
received what looked like a couple of broken ribs. We questioned FARRELL as to
what had transpired prior to and what had happened regarding the accident.
FARRELL stated that she and some friends watched some movies at a friend's
house and later drove up and down University Ave. She stated that she did not
consume any alcohol in the night. She said that she was on medication for Mono.
and could not drink alcohol with it. I did not see any signs of alcohol or smell
any from her. I asked Carol Eastman the ER nurse if she had smelled anything, she
said she had not. FARRELL stated that she did not remember much about the
accident. She said she remembered driving and getting plowed into. She repeated
that it was not her fault. Officer Venenga and I told her that we would talk to her later in the week and get a statement from her.
Officer Venenga and I spoke with FARRELL'S mother and informed her as to what
we were doing and asked that she contact us when FARRELL would be able to
give us a statement.
We then spoke with Rokes, Tracy Rokes was being treated at the time by Dr.
Robitaille. ROKES had sustained several cuts about the face. I detected a strong
odor of alcohol in the room. ROKES made a statement about having one to many
to drink. I questioned him as to what direction he was traveling, he said that he
was going west on Greenhill Rd. He said the thought the traffic light was green for
Greenhill Rd. He went on to say that his wife was upset and he was talking with
her and that he was not paying attention to the road. ROKES said that as he was
about to enter the intersection he noticed the southbound car. He made a remark
like "Oh Shit" and attempted to brake. He then struck the side of the car. He said
that after they stopped he asked his wife if she was OK and then proceeded to the
other car to see if they were alright.
Delonna ROKES stated that she did not see what had happened prior to the
accident. She said that she was upset about her mother and was crying and that
her husband was speaking with her bout it. She did not see the traffic lights as
her head was down and she was crying.
We explained that we would need a statement from them regarding the accident.
They said that it would not be a problem. Officer Venenga then drove them to
I returned to the station and found out that the other two passengers in the
FARRELL car were being treated for their injuries at Covenant Hospital. Kristina Hill
was apparently being treated for lacerations and a possible broken jaw. Tam
Kleinheksel was unconscious and being treated for head injuries.
On October 5, 1998 at about 1715 hours I was notified by Sgt. Olson that
FARRELL had gone into cardiac arrest and was being transferred to Allen Hospital. I
later found out the FARRELL had died.
I contacted Tracy Rokes and his wife Delonna and asked that they come to the
police station. On October 5, at about 1930 hours they arrived at the station.
Officer Venenga and I informed the about the death of FARRELL. Both were
surprised and upset about the death.
I asked that Officer Venenga take a statement from Delonna Rokes as I was going
to talk with Tracy. I read TRACY ROKES his right per Miranda and asked if he
understood them, he replied that he did. (SEE ATTACHED STATEMENT)
I called Laverne Junker the Cedar Falls traffic Operations Supervisor, I asked that
he check the traffic lights at Greenhill Rd and HWY 58. I wanted to know what
time the lights cycled from regular signal to flashing. I received a memo later form
Junker stating that the lights cycled to flash at 2200 hours.
I called the parents of Kristina Hill and asked if she would be available to give a
statement regarding the accident. They said that they would bring her to the
stations. Kristina then gave a statement to Officer Venenga regarding the incident.
Over the course of the investigation I consulted Sgt. Phil Baskerville from the Black
Hawk County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Baskerville has extensive training in accident
investigation. I turned over my measurements and paperwork to Sgt Baskerville,
he was asked to assist in the investigation.
Sgt. Baskerville and myself went back to the accident scene and remeasured some
marks that were left from the vehicles involved. All the measurements were
turned over to Sgt. Baskerville for follow-up. Sgt. Baskerville participation was to
attempt to determine speed through the evidence given.
SGT. TODD WILSON