On August 15, 2019 at 7:40 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle accident in the 3400-blk of 420th Ave. A 2004 Chevy Cavalier, driven by a 16 year old male juvenile from Graettinger, was south bound in the 3400-blk 420th Ave and struck the rear of a 2012 Ford Taurus driven by Heidi A. Skattebo age (45) of Graettinger, who was also south bound. The juvenile observed the Skattebo vehicle and began to slow but did not slow enough and struck Skattebo.
No injuries were reported at the scene. Damage to the Ford was estimated at $100.00 and $500.00 for the Chevy. The male juvenile was charged with failing to reduce speed to a reasonable and proper rate.
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