Dayton mayor was emotional after van injured pair

Report says women were walking in travel portion of road

DAYTON — When a Webster County sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene after two women were hit by a minivan early Tuesday morning, Brent Brunner was described as emotional as he tended to one of the victims, according the Webster County Sheriff’s Department accident report.

Brunner, the mayor of Dayton, was reportedly driving his van eastbound on Sixth Avenue Northwest when he hit Amanda Towery, of Gowrie, and Shawna Nelson, of Dayton.

The women were walking in the travel portion of the roadway in the same direction of traffic, according to the report.

Brunner said he was traveling at about 25 mph at the time of the accident, which was reported at 5:48 a.m.

He called 911 immediately, he said.

Brunner told officials that he did not see Towery and Nelson until he was only feet from them.

Both were reportedly wearing grey-colored clothing.

Brunner did not appear under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal substances, according to the report.

Nelson later reported that she was wearing a headlamp before the accident.

Towery and Nelson were each transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

No citations were issued.