Iowa College Professor Is Killed While Walking Dog When Driver Allegedly Hits Her on Purpose

Police have yet to discuss a potential motive, according to the reports.

The Newton Daily News reports that Rice was killed after emerging from a self-quarantine following an overseas trip.

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Rice taught English and literature at Des Moines Area Community College’s Newton campus after teaching at the Ankeny campus earlier in her career. She also helped lead the college’s annual Celebration of Literary Arts Festival, hosting events with notable authors.

She had served as a coordinator of the college’s study abroad program, and recently returned from London — a trip interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe DeHart, provost of the school’s Newton campus, said in a news release Rice “worked hard to help students understand and appreciate the English language,” adding she “realized the value of literature and writing in helping students make connections with the world around them.”

Sassman has yet to enter pleas to the charges against him, and does not have an attorney of record who could comment on the allegations on his behalf.

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