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NEW DETAILS: Police release name of driver pulled from Cedar River


Waterloo Police have released the name of the driver pulled from the Cedar River after a 7-hour search on Sunday.  

Police say 50-year-old Ronald Eugene Fluhr, may have been suffering an illness when his car went off the Conger St. bridge and into the Cedar River just before 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  

Police say Fluhr was on the phone at the time of the accident and a woman on the other end told them she heard a loud boom and the sound of water.

They estimate Fluhr was traveling at about 70 m.p.h. when his car went off the road.

Search teams spent hours at the scene trying to find the car.  Divers were called off the search due to a swift current as hundreds of spectators watched from both sides of the river.

"I was coming home from work and I seen a bunch of ambulances and fire trucks and people standing over and I called my friend to see what happened. He said that somebody drove into the river so I've been here since 2:00 just waiting to see what happens," Allison Barker said.

Conger Street was closed to traffic for most of the day. 

The investigation into the accident continues and the cause of death is pending an autopsy which police say is scheduled for Monday.

A candlelight vigil in Fluhr's honor is planned for Monday night at 7 p.m. along the river bridge on Conger Street where he was found.

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