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Woman killed in police crash remembered as 'much loved'

Woman killed in police crash remembered as 'much loved'

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — A near-capacity crowd mourned the loss of Tosha Nicole Hyatt during her funeral Saturday at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.

Hyatt was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 80 on March 26 while being driven from Council Bluffs to Des Moines to face a Polk County felony warrant for domestic violence. Des Moines Police Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales died in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle also died; he was driving west in the eastbound lanes and hit the police cruiser.

Saturday's service was conducted by the Rev. Joe Laughlin, pastor at Victory Church in Omaha, which Hyatt attended as a child. He recalled having many conversations with her about God over the years.

"Even though for much of her life she fought drug addiction, she was much loved by her family and friends — as is evidenced by all of you people being here today," he said.

Laughlin thanked several Des Moines police officers for coming and shared some of the things he knew about Hyatt.

She was a resident of Des Moines but was born in Council Bluffs, where her father, Carl Hyatt, and her husband, Chad Axtell Sr., and their four children still live.

"Tosha loved writing music and writing her life story," Laughlin said.

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