Orange City Man Taken To Hospital After His Vehicle Hit Another Vehicle, Pedestals, And An Electric Box

Orange City, Iowa– An Orange City man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Orange City recently.

The Orange City Police Department reports that 39-year-old Jonathan Schuiteman of Orange City was driving a 2019 Chevy northbound on Albany Avenue Northeast (that’s K64), near 7th Street Northeast.

They tell us that a police officer was on patrol and heard a collision. In his mirror, he witnessed Schuiteman’s vehicle driving over the top of the Frontier Communications boxes and the stop sign at the corner of Albany and 7th Street Northeast. He turned around to approach the scene and then saw the vehicle drive into an electrical box. He got out and approached the vehicle but while Schuiteman appeared to be awake, he would not respond to commands. Schuiteman then put the car in reverse and began to back into traffic. The officer broke a couple of the vehicle’s windows to attempt to gain access into the vehicle to stop it. He was finally able to get in, put the car in park, and remove the keys.

The officer says it was determined that Schuiteman had had a medical emergency behind the wheel. And before the officer had started witnessing what had happened, Schuiteman’s vehicle had veered off the road to the left and struck a parked 1999 Jeep Wrangler owned by Shantel Oostra of Sheldon.

The Alton Ambulance took Schuiteman to Orange City Health System Hospital.

Schuiteman’s Chevy sustained $12,000 in damages, and Oostra’s Jeep Wrangler sustained $2750 in damages. Two communications pedestals received $350 in damage, each, and an electrial box received $3000 in damages.


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