15 year old dies in UTV accident in Dickinson County

August 09, 2022 7:53am

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A crash Sunday afternoon on the east side of East Lake Okoboji involving a UTV claimed the life of a 15-year-old passenger and injured the 14-year-old driver.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office says a 2012 Polaris Ranger owned by Scott Groeneweg of Orange City was being driven southbound on Basswood Lane in the area of East Oaks North. Deputies say the 14-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle which rolled onto its side and collided with a tree, ejecting the driver and the 15-year-old passenger. The 15-year-old was pronounced dead a short time later at Lakes Regional Healthcare. The 14-year-old was treated for non-incapacitating injuries and was released from the hospital.

Authorities say the crash took place shortly before 2:30 pm and that it remains under investigation.

The Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake First Responders, Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance and the Iowa State Patrol assisted on the scene.