The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened shortly before 1 pm Wednesday at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and North Street in Melvin. Deputies say a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup, registered to Timothy Lee Helmers of Sanborn, and driven by 68-year old Jonel Steinmetz of Melvin, was southbound on 2nd Avenue. According to the report, Steinmetz hit the gas instead of the brake, and collided with a 1999 Ford F-350 truck registered to Raveling, Inc. of Melvin, and driven by 19-year old Levi Jacob Verdoorn of Sanborn, which was eastbound on North Street. Deputies say that Verdoorn’s truck then spun around and collided with a legally parked 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, owned by Rexferd Michelson of Melvin.
Deputies estimate damage to Steinmetz pickup at $15-thousand. Damage to Helmers’ truck was estimated at $10-thousand, with about $2-thousand damage to the parked pickup.
Steinmetz was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by Sibley Ambulance with possible injuries. Verdoorn escaped without injury.
Steinmetz was reportedly ticketed for Failure To Yield to Vehicle on Right.
Osceola County deputies were assisted at the scene by the Melvin Ambulance.