Iowa State Troopers say that the accident happened when a vehicle was northbound on McKinley Avenue, and for unknown reasons, entered the east ditch and struck a tree. Troopers say the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene by the O’Brien County Medical Examiner.
Troopers say the driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, and that no other vehicles were involved. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Also Thursday, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a minivan near May City. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:20 p.m., 30-year-old Timothy Allen Martin of Ocheyedan was westbound on 220th Street, about two miles east of May City in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica.
They report that 20-year-old Jose Mauro Castillo Gonzalez of May City was driving a Honda 200R dirt bike southbound on Wilson Avenue. The report says Castillo Gonzalez came to a stop at the intersection but failed to yield from the stop sign to the Martin vehicle causing Martin to hit the rear tire of the dirt bike.
Castillo Gonzalez was transported to Lakes Regional Hospital by the Melvin Ambulance where he later died. Martin and two other passengers in the vehicle were not injured. The Sibley Ambulance Crew also assisted at the scene.
(Reporting by Scott Van Aartsen and Tom Traughber, KIWA, Sheldon)