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Update Investigation: Bettendorf Students Grieve Loss Of Teen Killed In Crash

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Update 5-15-14: Police say they have closed their investigation without being able to determine what caused 18-year-old Natalie Munoz to lose control of her car in a crash that killed her in March. In a news release, police say:

"Some of the factors thoroughly reviewed and considered were: Speed, cell phone usage and road conditions. Our technical investigation determined that excessive speed was not a contributing factor (Ms. Munoz was not speeding). Investigators subpoenaed phone records which showed there were no phone calls or text messages sent or received near the time of the crash.  Road conditions were looked at by crash investigators as well. Interviews were conducted with officers first on scene of this crash who examined the roadway. We also watched a squad car video from a Davenport Police vehicle that drove this exact route just minutes before the crash. The results of this portion of the investigation suggests that roadway conditions were not a contributing factor to the crash.

After evaluating extensive factual data from every conceivable condition or deficiency of the road, the vehicles, the drivers and witnesses, the crash investigators were unable to determine to any degree of certainty the cause for Ms. Munoz to lose control of her vehicle."


A teenager involved in a traffic accident in Davenport this morning has died. Police say 18-year-old Natalie Munoz was traveling westbound on River Drive, when she apparently lost control, crossing into the eastbound traffic lanes. She was struck by two vehicles. They say she was taken to a local hospital, where she passed away. Tonight, Bettendorf students are grieving the loss; sharing their feelings on social media.

Friends who have known her for years say she was one of the nicest girls in school. Others, who say they didn't know her well, are expressing their condolences all the same. Many students found out about the death from an e-mail, where school officials offered condolences to Natalie Munoz's family; preparing for the impact the news will have on the student body.

"Many children have been, and will be, affected by this news," they wrote.

Tweets about the teen have been flowing for hours. They are using social media as a platform to come together to grieve.
"My prayers go out to Natalie Munoz's family and friends," one said. "No one should ever go that early."
"RIP Natalie Munoz, prayers to her family and friends," another Tweeted. "Tragedies like this don't come often, but it reminds us to count our blessings."

Grief counselors were available at Bettendorf High School this evening, and they'll be there all day tomorrow beginning at 7 AM. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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