Iowa woman receives 10-year sentence for crash that killed 2

Northwood Woman Sentenced to 10 Years

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(ABC 6 News) – Maggie Jo Harvey of Northwood, IA received a 10-year sentence Monday, Jan. 22, for a July 2022 crash that killed John Hinderscheid, 45, of Albert Lea, MN, as well as a 3-year-old in Harvey’s car.

Harvey, 25, pleaded guilty to one amended charge of homicide by vehicle–reckless driving.

As part of her plea deal, an additional charge of homicide by vehicle–under the influence and a charge of child endangerment–death were dismissed.


(ABC 6 News) – Criminal charges were filed in Worth County court on Friday against a Northwood, IA woman who was involved in a deadly crash in July.

Maggie Jo Harvey, 24, of Northwood, IA was charged with 2-counts of homicide by vehicle – operating under the influence, and one count of child endangerment resulting in death.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, on July 29 a vehicle driven by Harvey was heading northbound on Highway 65 a half mile north of Kensett, IA, when it crossed the center line hitting another vehicle head-on.

The driver of the other vehicle, John Hinderscheid, 45, of Albert Lea, MN was killed in the crash. A 3-year-old passenger in Harvey’s vehicle was also killed. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hinderscheid’s vehicle came to rest in a ditch, while Harvey’s vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top in the middle of the roadway when it was struck by a semi. The driver of the semi, Dennis Stoneking, 62, of Northwood, IA was uninjured.

Harvey was transported to MercyOne via Mason City Ambulance and treated for her injuries.

A future court date for Harvey is pending.