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.

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