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Woman riding tricycle run over and killed in Fort Dodge


This news story was published on June 15, 2021.
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Downtown Fort Dodge, Iowa

FORT DODGE – A woman riding a tricycle was run over and killed today in Fort Dodge, police say.

Shortly after 9:30 A.M. this morning, the Webster County Telecommunications Center received information indicating a vehicle had struck a bicyclist near the intersection of 8th Avenue South and South 31st Street in Fort Dodge. Information provided at that time suggested the female victim was
unresponsive.

Officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department, along with the Fort Dodge Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive female lying in the roadway. Based on the injuries observed by officers and medics, the Webster County Medical Examiner was called to the scene where the victim, identified as 65‐year‐old Fort Dodge resident Melissa Ristau, was pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation on scene indicated that a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup being operated by 18‐year‐old Goldfield resident Peyten Rasmussen, turned northbound onto 31st Street from 8th Avenue South. While the vehicle was in motion, Ms. Ristau was struck while crossing the street on a
tricycle.

Due to the nature of the incident, the Iowa State Patrol was contacted and will be assisting with the investigation moving forward. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Fort Dodge Fire Department, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Webster County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol and the Fort Dodge Public Works Department.

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2 Responses to Woman riding tricycle run over and killed in Fort Dodge

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    A tricycle for the handicapped or one of those low riders that should be banned from the streets? I think they call them recumbents. They are so low you can’t see them.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 16, 2021 at 7:47 pm

      It would have been better if they had called it a three-wheeled bicycle instead of a tricycle. You do know that it isn’t always elderly or disabled people that choose 3-wheeled bikes…