66-year-old man was driver in Wal-Mart crash


AP

PELLA, Iowa — A 66-year-old southern Iowa man was identified as the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a southeast Iowa Wal-Mart, killing three and injuring himself and another man in what officials believe was an accident.

Witnesses have said the driver, Dennis Mockenhaupt, of Knoxville, Iowa, plowed through a glass front entrance of the Pella store at a high rate of speed. The truck was traveling fast enough to break through concrete posts intended to protect the entrance from vehicles, well into the grocery portion of the store before coming to a rest after hitting a refrigerated produce display.

Those killed in the Thursday morning crash were Carrie Zugg, 31, of Leighton, and Lindsey Rietveld, 29, of Bussey — both employees of the Pella store — and Ruth Jean DeJong, 76, of Pella, a shopper, officials said.