On February 24 at about 7:20 PM, a two-car crash occurred on the outskirts of Ruthven, IA in Palo Alto County. It was snowing at the time and the road was already covered in a layer of snow. Novo Solomon Lagao, driving a Dodge SUV, hit the shoulder of Highway 18 and lost control attempting to steer back into the road. Lagao crossed the center line into the westbound lane and collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by Kevin Rahm, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Rahm was not wearing a seat belt. Lagao’s front seat passenger, Ricardo Urtado, received incapacitating injuries and had to be mechanically extricated from the vehicle. Lagao himself suffered injuries as well.