MASON CITY | Notes and tributes have turned a tree — the site of a double-fatal crash in northwestern Mason City — into a memorial. 

“U will always b in everyone's heart," is written in black marker on a small pumpkin, placed near the base of the tree. 

A framed poem dedicated to beloved granddaughter rests near the pumpkin. 

Jerrick Rinnels, 29, lost control of a 2005 Chrysler 300 at Third Street Northwest and North Jefferson Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Sept. 7 and rolled the vehicle into a tree. He and passenger Jessica Herker, 28, died at the scene, according to law enforcement.

Family and friends wrote notes to Rinnels and Herker on the exposed bark, where the vehicle hit the tree.

“Fly high, spread your wings,” "our shooting star," “rest in heaven” and “watch over us” are included among the notes. A small John Deere tractor toy was placed among them. 

Below the notes, an Xbox controller, balloons, flowers, candles, cards and other small items make up the memorial. A few bottles of liquor, including Fireball, were left for a final toast. 

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash. Officials estimate the full report, which involves a medical examiner's report, could take as long as three to four months. 

Police say Rinnels was wanted on a warrant and led law enforcement on a brief pursuit before losing control of the car. 


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