Dubuque Sheriff Releases Name of Driver in Holy Cross Accident
A Guttenberg, Iowa, man is named as the lone fatality in the early morning of Monday, June 27, 2022. The one-vehicle accident occurred in Holy Cross, Iowa.
On June 27, 2022, at approximately 4:51 AM, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Holy Cross EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 16000 Block of Holy Cross Road. Upon arrival, deputies located a single-vehicle accident with the driver and sole occupant deceased in the vehicle.
The investigation concluded that the driver, Heath Stuckey, 34, was identified as a resident of Guttenberg, IA.
Stucky was presumed southbound on Holy Cross Road when he entered the east ditch striking a driveway entrance and causing his vehicle to go airborne and roll. Stuckey was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Office of the Dubuque County Sheriff stated once Stuckey was identified and his family informed of the tragic accident.
The Iowa DOT reports that a fatality is considered "crash-related" when death occurs within 30 days (720 hours) of a crash. Because fatal crashes involve complex investigations, this can delay the official fatalities report. Therefore, the numbers for the most recent months are preliminary and can change considerably.
As of June 28, 2022, there have been 145 fatalities this year. This result outpaces last year by three fatalities or 2.11%. However, June has decreased significantly from one year ago, with 18 deaths this month compared to 33 in 2021.
There were 356 total traffic-related fatalities in 2021, which marks a five-year high. One hundred seventy-six deaths were due to speeding or aggressive driving, 89 from impaired driving, 27 from distracted driving, and three from drowsing driving. Additionally, 93 lives were lost by people who failed to buckle up.