Iowa teen dies from injuries in train crash

Jason Hoffmann


Services are today for a Dunlap, Iowa, teen who died after being injured in an October crash.

Jason Hoffmann, 16, was injured Oct. 4 when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train. He died from his injuries Sunday at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.

His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dunlap, where he was a member, according to information from Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine.

Jason was a sophomore at Boyer Valley High School and participated in football, basketball and track.

“He was involved in extracurricular activities and was a very energetic young man,” said Chad Straight, Boyer Valley principal. “He was always friendly to everyone … and I think that is going to be missed.”

Dunlap is in northeast Harrison County, about 50 miles northeast of Omaha.

Jay Petersen, Jason's football and track coach, lost his 2-year-old son to a heart condition last spring. The next night, Jason slipped a folded-up piece of paper — a homemade sympathy card — into Petersen's mailbox that said he was very sorry for the family's loss.

He also included $12 — a $10 bill and two ones, probably all the money he had on him.

“For a kid to be thinking about something like that really touched me,” said Petersen, who has kept the card. “He was quite a kid. ... For him to make that gesture just meant a whole lot for me and my family.

“I hope I was able to touch his life a fraction of the positive way he touched mine.”

Classes are canceled at Boyer Valley Community Schools this afternoon so the district's roughly 450 students can attend Jason's funeral.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1310, andrew.nelson@owh.com

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