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Council Bluffs man charged in crash that killed woman, injured son
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Council Bluffs man charged in crash that killed woman, injured son

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PERRY (AP) — A western Iowa man faces several charges after investigators say he caused a crash earlier this month that killed a Minburn woman and seriously injured her 7-year-old son.

Stephen Wink, 53, of Council Bluffs, has been charged with driving while barred, driving with a revoked license, driving under suspension and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, Des Moines television station KCCI reported.

A crash report by the Iowa State Patrol said Wink was driving the night of Feb. 2 when his vehicle crossed the center line on a road south of Perry and crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by Danyel Hardisty, 39, who died at the scene.

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Hardisty's son remains hospitalized with broken legs, fingers and a cracked skull, as well as internal injuries.

Dallas County Chief Deputy Adam Infante said he expects officials to file charges of vehicular homicide and operating while intoxicated against Wink, who has a long history of driving offenses and had been barred from driving at the time of the crash. Infante said investigators are waiting for Wink’s blood test results.

“He had several open bottles of alcohol that were witnessed by several different deputies,” Infante said.

Wink remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $500,000 cash bond. No attorney is yet listed for him in online court records.

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