MINGO – A young boy who was critically injured in a two-car collision on U.S. Highway 65 near Iowa Highway 117 has died, according to Iowa State Patrol.
Officials say 12-year-old Derek Cisneros succumbed to his injuries March 9 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center after a northbound 2015 Chevy Silverado failed to yield to a southbound 2000 Mercury Cougar on Highway 65 March 5. First responders at the scene said the Mercury struck the passenger side of the truck.
Two air ambulances were dispatched to the accident site. The occupants of the Mercury Cougar, Marshalltown residents, 50-year-old Victor Cisneros-Bravo, 48-year-old Blanca Gudino-Marin and 12-year-old Derek Cisneros, were transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in critical condition.
The driver of Chevy Silverado, who was later identified as 65-year-old Douglas Anderson of Eldridge, was not transported for injuries.
According to the family's GoFundMe page, Derek Cisneros was on life support and declared brain dead earlier that week.
"Derek was taken off life support after the doctors took his organs. He was able to save many lives," Angel Aviles said in a post on the family's GoFundMe page. "We are blessed to know that his heart is going to save a 13-year-old little boy just like him. He will forever be remembered in our hearts."
Funeral arrangements are currently being made. Residents can support the family by donating to their GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/cisneros-family.
Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Mingo Fire Department and Baxter Fire Department assisted in the incident.
Officials said the 12-year-old was the only occupant who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
Speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in the crash, according to Iowa State Patrol.
No citations were issued at the scene.
Iowa State Patrol is still investigating the incident.
Contact Anthony Victor Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.