Arnold Koranda

Arnold Koranda

A former Maquoketa businessman and police officer now living in Dade City was killed Nov. 15 when the car he was driving collided with a semi-trailer truck on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Arnold Koranda, 80, died at the scene. His two passengers, Suzette Koranda, 65, and a 1-year-old boy, were transported to area hospitals. Suzette Koranda was listed in serious condition in the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, Arnold Koranda drove a 2008 Honda CR-V out of a Chevron Station at 20400 US-98, the report said, turned left and stopped at the intersection of U.S. 301.

He then drove into the intersection and into the path of a southbound semi-trailer truck. The front of the semi-trailer truck collided with the left side of the CR-V. 

The other driver was not injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Koranda was born in Monmouth in 1939 and graduated from Monmouth High School, according to his obituary.

He married Beverly White in 1959; she preceded him in death in 1988. He then married Suzette Novak in 1989.

Koranda had been a Maquoketa police officer. He also owned and operated A-1 TV and Appliance and WAKA restaurant for many years before retiring to Florida.

Koranda was cremated. A memorial gathering of his family and friends will be held in Maquoketa at a later date after his wife has recovered from injuries she sustained in the accident, according to his obituary.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Arnold Koranda memorial fund has been established.

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