On 9/11/2017 at 1820 hrs, The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle accident occurring at the intersection of 550th Avenue and 370th Street. Upon an investigation conducted at the scene, it was determined that a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville, owned and driven by Billie Jo Steffens, age 19 of Cylinder, was traveling southbound on 550th Avenue. A 2001 Dodge Ram, owned and driven by Marvin Theodore Pompe, age 71 of Algona, was traveling east on 370th Street. The Steffens vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at 550th Avenue and 370th Street. As a result of failing to stop, the Pompe vehicle collided with the Steffens causing a personal injury accident. The Pompe vehicle continued through the intersection and came to rest in the south ditch of 370th Street while the Steffens vehicle was spun around inthe intersections and came to rest facing north on the traveled portion of the roadway.
Medical personnel were sent to the scene to check on both drivers who were involved in the accident. Damage to the Steffens vehicle is estimated at $6000.00. Damage is estimated to the Pompe vehicle at $4000.00.
As a result of the investigation, Billie Jo Steffens was issued citations of failing to stop at a stop sign and violations of conditions of a restricted license. Steffens was given a court date to appear for the traffic violations.
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