Former WCHS teacher, coach charged following April car wreck

WEBSTER CITY – Former Webster City High School teacher and girls’ track coach Theodore Michael Clark, 26, was recently charged with a number of violations stemming from an April 27 car wreck in rural Hamilton County.

Clark has pled not guilty to serious injury by motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He received three additional traffic violations – failure to maintain control, operation without registration, and no valid drivers license. A trial date has not been set.

Clark was released from custody on a $5,000 bond.

According to the accident report released by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Clark was the driver of a 2006 Acura RSX when he was involved in a one-car wreck at approximately 3:30 a.m. on the morning of April 27. The report states Clark was eastbound on County Road D20 when he swerved to avoid striking a deer. His vehicle entered the north ditch, rolled twice and came to rest on its wheels.

Clark and a passenger were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle and began walking westbound; they were picked up by a passer-by around 6:15 a.m. and transported to their residences.

The two occupants of the car were subsequently transported to the Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Clark had resigned his positions with WCHS prior to April 27, effective at the end of the school year. He was a co-head coach of the Lynx girls’ track team at the time of the accident, but did not return in that capacity the remainder of the spring season.