Sioux Center, Iowa – Drivers from Sioux Center and Hospers and three passengers were taken to the hospital after an accident near Sioux Center.
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:55 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2016, 24-year-old Jorge Bartolon of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Chevy minivan eastbound on B40 — or 400th Street, near K52 or Hickory Avenue, two miles east of Highway 75. They report that 28-year-old Rachel Van Deraa of Hospers was westbound on B40 in a 2001 Pontiac.
The report says that Bartolon lost control of his minivan, which went onto the south shoulder and then crossed back over the center line and slid broadside in front of the Van Deraa Pontiac. The Pontiac struck the passenger side of the minivan in the westbound lane.
The Sioux Center Ambulance took Bartolon to Sioux Center Health hospital and Van Deraa to Orange City Health System hospital. Three passengers in the Bartolon vehicle, 17-year-old Yovani Lopez, 30-year-old Andres Ramirez, and 20-year-old Angel Bonifacio, all of Sioux Center were also transported to Sioux Center Health.
Bartolon’s Chevy minivan sustained $5500 in damages, and Van Deraa’s Pontiac sustained $5000 in damages, which totaled both vehicles.
Bartolon was charged with driving without a license, failure to maintain control, and no proof of insurance.