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Iowa Trooper Dies Nearly Week after Accident

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Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda, who died Wednesday, was seriously injured in a crash Oct. 14 while assisting the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect.

October 22, 2021 – Officer.com

An Iowa State Patrol trooper died Wednesday, nearly a week after he was seriously injured in a crash.

Trooper Ted Benda, 37, was in a single-vehicle accident Oct. 14 while assisting the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect, according to the agency. The incident happened along Highway 51, just outside of Postville, the Des Moines Register reports.

He was taken to a hospital in Wisconsin, where he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday.

He is not only a valuable part of the Department of Public Safety, but was more importantly a loving husband, father, son, and brother. … Please keep the Benda family in your thoughts and prayers,” the agency said in a statement.

Benda joined the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in 2005 and was assigned to the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau in Marquette. In 2016, he went on to the Iowa State Patrol in 2016 and worked out of District 8 in Mason City. Recently, he had been assigned to the District 10 office in Oelwein.  

He is survived by a wife and four young children.

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