Iowa trooper dies as a result of injuries sustained in crash

(ABC 6 News) – An Iowa State Trooper has died from injuries sustained in a car crash last week.

The Iowa State Patrol said Trooper Ted Benda was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday, October 14 while heading to help the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect.

Trooper Benda joined the DCI in 2005, assigned to the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau in Marquette. He transferred to the State Patrol in 2016, assigned to District 8 in Mason City and, most recently, working out of the District 10 office in Oelwein.

"He is not only a valuable part of the Department of Public Safety, but was, more importantly, a loving husband, father, son, and brother. Trooper Benda leaves behind his wife, Holly, and their four young children along with many family, friends, and colleagues.

Please keep the Benda family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this unimaginable loss."

In a statement, Governor Kim Reynolds said "I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda,” said Reynolds.

“Kevin and I join with Iowans in mourning the loss of this dedicated servant and we keep his family, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in uniform in our thoughts and prayers as they cope with this devastating loss. Tragic events like this are a somber reminder of how precious life is and of the unwavering, selfless sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day."