Fairbank Mayor Gregory Harter was killed Monday morning in a collision with a driving school vehicle on Highway 218 near Janesville. Three other people, including two teenagers, were also injured.
People are saddened by the horrific news of Gregory Harter’s accident and death that has circulated on Twitter.
Who was Gregory Harter? Biography of the Mayor of Fairbank
The Mayor of Fairbank at the time was Gregory Harter. Gregory died at the age of 71.
The mayor of Wapsie Valley also held the position of interim superintendent of schools during the 2018-19 school year. He had been the mayor of Fairbank since 2018 and had previously served on the city council for two years.
Gregory’s life is not well documented online, but he appeared to be a smart man who was revered and respected by those who knew him.
Although it hasn’t been proven, Harter appeared to be of Caucasian descent and was about 5 feet 10 inches tall. People prayed for his soul to rest in peace because he seemed to love his family very much and was always there for them when they needed him.
What happened to Gregory Harter? Car accident claims his life at the age of 71
Gregory Harter was working as a driving instructor for the Cedar Falls-based Street Smarts driver education program at the time of his death.
Gregory was riding in a Street Smarts car driven by a 14-year-old teenager from Waterloo.
According to the Iowa State Patrol’s accident report, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala being driven by the youngster ran into the shoulder of Highway 218 around 8:30 a.m. while traveling northbound.
The driver, Tabetha Gehrke, 44, of Waterloo, was driving a 2010 Toyota Highlander when she made an excessive right turn, crossing the southbound lanes and median and entering the northbound lanes.
Both drivers were injured and the teenage passenger of the Waverly Impala was taken to hospitals in Waterloo.
The State Patrol reports that the crash is still under investigation. The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, the Waverly Ambulance, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the state coroner arrived at the scene along with the Janesville Fire Department and Police Department.
Update on Gregory Harter’s wife and family
Andy and Ryan Harter were the couple’s two descendants after Gregory “Mike” Harter married Marla Harter.
Although more details about Harter’s family members have not yet been released, they must have been saddened to learn of his untimely death following the tragedy.
The mayor’s untimely death must have shocked and saddened his wife and family.
According to a Facebook post from the City of Fairbank, “Mike was loyal to the City of Fairbank, and his love for his family and enthusiasm for the neighborhood was evident every day.
He will be greatly missed by the council, city officials and the people of Fairbank. Our sincere condolences to Mike’s wife Marla, their children Ryan and Andy (Jeni) and their families.”