Fatality Accident East of Spirit Lake 4-19-18

Last Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018

The DCSO responded to a single vehicle/pedestrian accident April 19, 2018 at approximately 11:18 am. Jason Johnsen (42) of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2007 Kenworth, registered to PACCAR Leasing Inc. of Bellevue WA.  Johnsen was westbound on Highway 9 approaching the intersection of 255th Avenue.  Casey Spaeth (23) of Spirit Lake was walking eastbound along Highway 9.  Spaeth stepped into the path of the Kenworth and was struck.  Johnsen made an evasive action to avoid hitting Spaeth but was unsuccessful.   Lifesaving measures were administered on scene.  Spaeth was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Iowa DOT was called and the highway was detoured for the duration of the on-scene investigation. 

DCSO thanks the following for their assistance:

  • Emmet County Sheriff’s Office
  • Spirit Lake Police Department
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Iowa DNR
  • Spirit Lake Fire Department
  • Spirit Lake First Responders