Royal, Iowa — A Spencer man is dead in the aftermath of a UTV crash near Royal late Friday night.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies were sent to the report of a serious UTV accident. Authorities say their investigation revealed that 51-year-old Aaron Nichols of Spencer had been driving a 2018 Honda UTV on private property, when he is believed to have lost control, causing the machine to overturn onto its side.
Deputies say Nichols was taken by ambulance to the Spencer Municipal Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Royal First Responders and Spencer Ambulance assisted deputies at the scene. The investigation into the mishap is ongoing, according to the Sheriff’s Office.