Single Vehicle Accident

On 10/20/22 at 5:56 AM, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident which occurred in the 2800 block of 480th Avenue. A 2004 Lexus RX330, driven by John George Steil (61) of Estherville, was traveling south on 480th Avenue. A deer emerged from the east ditch area and into the path of the Steil vehicle. Steil took evasive action and swerved to miss the deer, which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway momentarily before coming back onto the traveled portion. Steil was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and it slid out of control. While sliding out of control, the tires caught, causing the vehicle to roll as it entered the ditch area, where it subsequently came to rest on it’s wheels. Steil was checked at the scene by personnel from the Palo Alto County Hospital/Mercy One. The Steil vehicle is considered a total loss.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Palo Alto County Health System and Wickman’s Towing.

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