Northeast Iowa Man Struck After Running Car In Ditch
Now that we have passed daylight savings time and are driving more in the dark, it’s important we remember to be even more cautious on the roads. During these earlier sunsets, we can run across more deer on the road or in this case, a person trying to get help.
Unfortunately, this was the case with a tragic accident that happened earlier this week.
Last Monday night, November 21st, 53-year-old Guadalupe Salgado Bernal of Ossian was driving just north of West Union when he ended up in a ditch on the side of the road. As a result, a nearby resident came out to help Bernal with their tractor.
According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the resident was helping pull the vehicle out of the ditch when 64-year-old Susan Lueder drove up to the scene in her 2015 GMC Terrain.
As Lueder drove up to the scene and attempted to drive around the tractor, Lueder’s vehicle struck Bernal. Bernal was standing in the roadway at that time wearing dark clothing.
Unfortunately, Bernal was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Gundersen Ambulance and the Fayette County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Unfortunatly, this wasnt the only roadway accident that was reported by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.
Just three miles outside of west Union, 19-year-old Curie Vargason, was traveling southbound in a 2002 Mercury Sable when she struck a deer.
Fortunately, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office reports no injuries from this accident. However, the Mercury stained around $1,500 in damage,