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Carol Mart and Charles Layton Death: Carol Mart, 77, and Charles Layton, 65, Tragically Killed in Fatal Collision on Highway 13, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Mourns Loss of Beloved Pastors

Carol Mart and Charles Layton Death: Carol Mart, 77, and Charles Layton, 65, Tragically Killed in Fatal Collision on Highway 13, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Mourns Loss of Beloved Pastors

Carol Mart and Charles Layton, two esteemed pastors from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, have tragically lost their lives in a fatal collision that occurred on Highway 13 on Sunday. The incident took place at the intersection of Blaine’s Crossing Road and Highway 13 at approximately 1 p.m., leaving their family, friends, and community in shock and grief.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the fatal accident occurred when a Chevrolet Cruze traveling westbound on Blaine’s Crossing Road failed to yield when entering Highway 13. As a result, a Nissan Rogue traveling northbound collided with the Cruze, causing both vehicles to come to a stop in the center median.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Carol Mart and 65-year-old Charles Layton, both residents of Cedar Rapids and beloved pastors at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The driver of the Nissan Rogue, who was the only occupant, was unharmed.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church confirmed that the two individuals were on their way to lunch following a worship service when the tragic incident occurred. The church community is devastated by the loss of their two esteemed leaders, who were known for their dedication and service to the community.

Carol Mart and Charles Layton were pillars of the community, and their passing leaves a great void in the lives of those who knew them. They were beloved for their kindness, compassion, and unwavering commitment to their faith and community.

The fatal collision has raised concerns about road safety and reckless driving in the community. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragic event. The community is coming together to support the families of Mart and Layton and to raise awareness about the importance of road safety.

Carol Mart and Charles Layton’s legacy will live on through the countless lives they touched, and their memory will never be forgotten. Their love for life, their infectious smiles, and their dedication to their craft will always be remembered.

In this difficult time, we extend our sincerest condolences to the families, friends, and community of Mart and Layton. May our prayers bring you comfort, and may their memory continue to inspire us to live life to the fullest.

Rest in peace, Carol Mart and Charles Layton. Your memory will live on forever, a testament to your unwavering spirit and the impact you had on those around you.

The tragic loss of Carol Mart and Charles Layton is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. Their passing will be deeply felt, but their memory will never fade.

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