The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:50 p.m. on Saturday evening, they received a 911 call of a report of a four-wheeler accident north of Sheldon. When they got there, emergency personal were directed to an area surrounding a pond on the back side of the property.
Witnesses at the scene say they saw two people riding together on a four-wheeler on a gravel road surrounding the pond. They were reportedly travelling at a fairly high rate of speed and entered a curve in the road when the driver of the four-wheeler, 26-year-old Garrett Crowl of Ashton, lost control on the gravel and slid sideways. It appeared the four-wheeler then rolled sideways and struck a tree, according to witnesses. Crowl and a passenger on the ATV, 25-year-old Shaleah Donavon of Sheldon, were both seriously injured and both were transported by Sheldon Ambulance to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Donavon was pronounced dead at the hospital and Crowl was later airlifted to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that neither Crowl nor Donavon were wearing a helmet.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday morning, they received the report of a vehicle in the ditch about a mile south and a mile and a half west of Ashton.The vehicle in the ditch was a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Am registered to Heather Wilkerson of George. The driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old James Otto Bruns of George, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office says Bruns appeared to have been southbound on Nest Avenue when he lost control. They say the vehicle rolled in the east ditch and landed on its wheels.
(Reporting by Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA, Sheldon)