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Northern Iowa youth killed in auto accident Thursday

EMMET COUNTY, IOWA – A traffic accident claimed the life of an Northern Iowa youth earlier Thursday.

According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, the sheriff’s office received a call from a motorist reporting a vehicle on it’s top in the 1300 block of 400th Avenue in rural Emmet County at 5:39 AM Thursday morning.

Upon investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office, it was determined that the 2002 Ford pickup involved in the accident was traveling southbound on 400th Avenue when the driver lost control causing the vehicle to skid southbound on 400th Avenue where the vehicle began rolling on the roadway before coming to rest on its top on the east shoulder and ditch of 400th Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle, 16-year-old James Dean Woodyard of rural Estherville was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the incident.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Emmet County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The matter remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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