Sioux County Sheriff

Fatal motor vehicle accident near Rock Valley – September 22

On Tuesday, September 22, at 10:16 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred at the intersection of 340th Street and Eagle Avenue, three miles south of Rock Valley, IA.

Stephen Richter, age 61, of Rock Valley was driving a 1995 Freightliner straight truck westbound on 340th Street. Robert De Jong, age 51, of Rock Valley was driving a 2003 Buick Park Avenue southbound on Eagle Avenue; the two met and struck in the intersection.

De Jong was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sioux County Medical Examiner, as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  Richter was transported by Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Health Center Avera for treatment of his injuries.

The Freightliner sustained approximately $15,000 in damage. The Buick sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Ambulance and Rock Valley Fire Department.

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