Names of Driver and Victims Released In Pella Walmart Crash

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PELLA, Iowa  —  Authorities have released the names of the three people killed when a truck crashed into the Pella Walmart Thursday —  and the name of the man they say was driving the truck.

Police say 66-year-old Dennis Mockenhaupt of Knoxville was behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 that barreled through the front doors of the Pella Walmart just before 10:00 a.m. Thursday.  Mockenhaupt hit four people in the store, killing three of them.

The deceased are 31-year-old Carrie Zugg, a Walmart employee; 29-year-old Lindsey Rietveld, also an employee; and 76-year-old Ruth Jean DeJong, a shopper.  Also injured was 77-year-old Robert DeJong, a shopper.

No charges have been filed at this time.  Authorities say they have interviewed Mockenhaupt.  They are awaiting toxicology reports and the case remains under investigation.


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