On Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, at 2:51 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident in the 5700 block of 500th Street in Palo Alto County. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that a 16 year old male was driving a 2010 Ford Expedition westbound in the 5700 block of 500th Street. Due to driver inattentiveness to the roadway, the Expedition colided with a steel bridge approach and came to rest on the roadway. The Expedition was deemed a total loss in the accident and the damage to the bridge was estimated at $1,500.00. The driver sustained minor injuries in the accident. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited the 16 year old male driver with using an electronic communications device with a restricted license, which is a simple misdemeanor.
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