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Parents of Clear Creek Amana student file lawsuit in fatal crash


The parents of a Clear Creek Amana High School student killed in a car accident near Tiffin last year are suing the teenage driver and owner of the car their daughter was riding in.

Michael Lown and Kelly Smith, the parents of 14-year-old Mackenzie Lown, filed the lawsuit in Johnson County Court on Friday.

On Oct. 17, 18-year-old Zachary Swenka of North Liberty was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina on Highway 6 near Tiffin.

According to the petition, Swenka was driving at an estimated 100 miles per hour through an S-curve when he lost control of the car. The car went off the road, and when Swenka steered the car back onto the road, they crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming van.

Lown was wearing her seatbelt, but the impact tore away part of the car and Lown was thrown out of the vehicle. Swenka and four other passengers in the vehicle were injured, including 15-year-old Daniel Brechtel of North Liberty, 16-year-old Dustin Cox of Oxford, 14-year-old Chloe Keith of Tiffin and 14-year-old Claire Riggan of Oxford.

The driver and passenger in the van were also injured in the accident.

Lown's parents are suing Swenka, claiming he was at fault in their daughter's death because he was driving recklessly at excessive speeds and failed to maintain control of the car.

Lown's parents are also suing the owner of the Lumina, Lillian Olson of North Liberty, claiming she is liable because she gave Swenka permission to drive her car.

Michael Lown and Kelly Smith are seeking financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost accumulation of her estate because of her premature death, interest on funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

No criminal charges have been filed against Swenka.

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