UPDATE: Man accused causing hit & run in crash near Cresco is identified

UPDATE – August 22 – We now know the name of the man authorities say was found in his yard after a hit and crash south of Cresco on Saturday.

The Howard County Sheriff’s office says 57-year-old Neil Shaffer of rural Lime Springs was found at his home with life-threatening injuries and major trauma. The sheriff’s office says he crashed into another vehicle at Willow Avenue and 150th Street and drove away.

A license plate was found in the debris. Deputies traced it back to Shaffer’s vehicle parked at his home.

He was flown to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Authorities say Shaffer is expected to survive the crash. the other driver only had minor cuts and was treated at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

(ABC 6 News) – August 19 – One man was airlifted to the hospital Friday night after crashing into another vehicle and leaving the scene in Howard County, Iowa, according to police.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified of a motor vehicle hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Willow Avenue and 150th St. around 7 p.m.

According to the HCSO, both vehicles were heading north on Willow Avenue when one stopped for oncoming traffic. Another vehicle reportedly rear-ended the car and drove off.

Deputies on the scene found a license plate in the debris on the road and were able to locate the residence of the registered owner of the other vehicle.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found a vehicle with “heavy front end damage” parked in the driveway.

A man was found in the yard with severe trauma.

He was airlifted to Mayo Hospital in Rochester.

The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Officials with the HCSO say this accident is still under investigation.