Nursing Home Resident Dies When Pickup Hits Building

Date posted - September 1, 2015

Hull, Iowa — A resident of a Hull nursing home died on Monday, August 31st when a pickup hit the building.

Pleasant Acres Fatal pic 1

Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

The Sioux County Sheriffs’ Office reports that about 2:10 PM, 72-year-old Kathleen Sohl of Hull was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan westbound on Railroad Street. Her husband, 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl was driving a 2012 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Railroad Street following her. For an unknown reason Lawrence struck the rear of the minivan about a half-block east of the intersection of Railroad and Brown Streets. He continued westbound on Railroad Street through the intersection and across a grass lawn, owned by Pleasant Acres Care Center. Lawrence’s vehicle struck the care center building and traveled through the rooms of two residents. It came to rest completely inside the building.

The collision killed 88-year-old Anna Dykstra, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time. No one was in the second room.

Pleasant Acres Fatal pic 2

Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The Toyota sustained $20,000 damage. The Chrysler sustained $5,000 damage. The care center sustained $200,000 damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance, Sioux Center Ambulance and Iowa State Patrol.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

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