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Charges filed in 2011 accident that killed Clear Creek-Amana student

2011 Crash Victim Mackenzie Lown 2011 Crash Victim Mackenzie Lown
Zachary Lee Swenka Zachary Lee Swenka

A North Liberty teen is now formally charged in a 2011 accident that killed a Clear Creek-Amana student.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Iowa State Patrol, 19-year-old Zachary Lee Swenka of North Liberty is charged with homicide by vehicle in the death of 14-year-old Mackenzie Lown.

Troopers say that on October 17, 2011, Swenka was traveling at more than 100 miles-per-hour on Highway 6 near Kent Park when he lost control of the car he was driving and collided with a van.

The complaint says Swenka was bragging about how fast he could drive, but when passengers asked him to slow down, he laughed and continued speeding.

Swenka is in the Johnson County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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