Goldfield man dies in single-vehicle accident


Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger reminds travelers in Humboldt County that Humboldt County law enforcement will be enforcing all traffic laws on the roads July 1-5, as part of the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide enforcement effort. Humboldt County has had three traffic fatalities in the span of 45 days.

A Goldfield man died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Humboldt County road C-26, just east of Virginia Avenue. The accident occurred on Saturday, June 25, at 10:49 p.m.
According to a press release issued by the Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Aaron Smidt, a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus LXI was traveling westbound on C-26. The driver was Wade Mathew Jones, 35, of Goldfield. The vehicle left the roadway on an open stretch of road and entered the north ditch. The vehicle then vaulted an embankment, approximately 20 yards in the air, crashing and rolling, ejecting the driver.
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene by the Humboldt County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.
Assisting at the scene were the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Renwick Fire Department and Renwick EMS.
The traffic fatality was the third in the past two months in the county, which is very unusual, Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger reports.
Kruger reminds drivers to celebrate responsibly this July 4th holiday weekend. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt Police Department will be participating in the drive sober or get pulled over enforcement program July 1-5.
Drivers are urged not to drive if they have been consuming alcohol and arrange for other methods to get home. They are also urged to buckle their safety belts and to not speed. Speed is a factor in 30 percent of crash deaths since 2005, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Read the latest news from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

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