The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:45 PM, 19-year-old Robin Maassen of Hull was northbound on Goldfinch Avenue, about three and a half miles northeast of Rock Valley, in a 2003 Chevy. Forty-two-year-old Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy Waylon Pollema of Hull was westbound on 290th Avenue in a 2013 Chevy. Both roads are gravel roads.
The trooper’s report says that the intersection of those two roads is uncontrolled and traffic approaching the intersection is not regulated by any stop or yield signs. As the cars approached the intersection, the report says Maassen failed to yield right-of-way to Deputy Pollema’s Tahoe. As the Sheriff Tahoe passed though the intersection, the front driver-side corner of Maassen’s Chevy collided with the rear driver-side wheel of the Tahoe. The impact caused the Tahoe to spin and slide into the south ditch just west of the intersection. As it did, it turned onto and came to rest on its passenger side. Maassen’s car came to rest still on the road just north of the intersection.
Neither driver suffered injuries but Pollema was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance as a precautionary measure.
Maassen’s Chevy received $3000 damage. The Sheriff Tahoe received $10,000 damage.
The trooper’s report says that assisting agencies at the scene included the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, the Rock Valley Ambulance crew and the Sioux County Sheriff Department.
The investigation into the collision by the Iowa State Patrol is still active and charges are pending.