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A Coe College psychology professor died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup on Highway 965 north of North Liberty.

Daniel A. Lehn, 58, of North Liberty was riding a bicycle northbound on Highway 965, near the intersection with Meadow Road Northeast, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a GMC Sierra pickup, also traveling north, according to an Iowa State Patrol crash report.

Lehn, a Coe College professor of psychology and associate dean of the faculty, was taken via ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, according to the report. He later died, according to a statement from Coe College President David McInally.

Lehn has taught at Coe since 1993, according to McInally's statement.

"Dan was known for his keen sense of humor and quick wit, and he was regarded as a first-rate teacher and scholar. He was beloved by students, alumni, faculty and staff," McInally said in the statement. "Dan was a kind, gentle, dedicated and joy-filled member of our community— our brightest light."

"He brought smiles to many faces each day, and he will be sorely missed on the campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan's wife, Lauri, and their family at this time," McInally said.

The driver of the truck, Devin J. Disterhoft, 27, of Tiffin, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and officials said on Twitter on Tuesday morning that the highway could be closed for several hours while officials inspect the crash site.

Reach Stephen Gruber-Miller at 319-887-5407 orsgrubermil@press-citizen.com. Follow him at@sgrubermiller.

(Photo: Special to the Press-Citizen)


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