The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 AM, 51-year-old Mark Heimgartner of LeMars was driving a 2008 International semi-tractor pulling a tank trailer southbound on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center. Thirty-one-year-old Lucas Ochoa-Valiente of Hawarden was driving a 1988 Toyota Camry westbound on 370th Street.
Ochoa-Valiente failed to yield to the stop sign and the two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Ochoa-Valiente was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sioux County Medical Examiner.
The International sustained approximately $40,000. The Toyota sustained approximately $5,000 in damages; both vehicles are considered a total loss.
The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
Pictures courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office