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Speed, alcohol likely factors in wreck that killed officer



BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities now say that speed and alcohol were likely factors in a November crash that killed a police officer from Boone.

The Polk County Sheriff’s office said earlier this week that officer Mario Gonzalez was alone when his vehicle crashed on a highway near the town of Grimes. It wasn’t immediately clear how fast the vehicle was going. He died of blunt force trauma.

Gonzalez worked full-time for the Boone department from 2016 to October 2019, then began working part-time. He also was a member of the Iowa National Guard.

Gonzalez was 26. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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