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On Wednesday, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Ted Benda died nearly a week after sustaining injuries in a car accident in northeast Iowa. 

On Oct. 14, Benda, 37, was en route to assist the Clayton County Sheriff's Office with an incident involving a wanted suspect when he was injured in a single-vehicle accident, the Associated Press reported. 

On Friday morning, around 10:15 a.m., a vehicle procession in remembrance of Benda is expected to move into Cerro Gordo County, according to Sgt. Keith Duenow of the Iowa State Patrol. The procession will come in via Interstate 35 northbound from Ankeny, exiting onto Highway 9 and passing through towns including Manly and Osage and as it moves toward Waukon.

"Benda joined the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in 2005 and transferred to the state patrol in 2016. He most recently worked out of the office in Oelwein," the Associated Press reported. "He is survived by his wife, Holly, and their four children."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Melanie Mergen is Local News Editor for the Globe Gazette. You can reach her at

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