On May 2nd, 2020 at around 11:14pm, the DCSO was notified of a two-vehicle injury accident in the 1700 block of N14 (310th Ave). It was reported that one person was trapped in a vehicle.
Luis Lopez-Carabello (46), of Estherville, was traveling northbound on N14 in the 1700 block of N14 in a 2002 Chevrolet 2500 Express Van pulling a trailer. Lopez-Carabello crossed the centerline a collided head-on with another vehicle going southbound. The van and trailer ended up rolling over and blocking the roadway. Lopez-Carabello was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated.
Shane Gailey (30), of Fort Dodge, was traveling southbound on N14 in a 2019 Ford F150 with a dirt bike in the bed of the truck. When Gailey was struck by Lopez-Carabello, Gailey’s vehicle ended up in the East ditch.
Lopez-Carabello was transported to the hospital with serious/life threatening injuries. On May 4th, 2020, Lopez-Carabello passed away because of his injuries.
Gailey complained of pain but did not sustain any obvious injuries.
Both vehicles were considered totaled. The accident remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.
The DCSO was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Superior Fire Department, Spirit Lake Fire Department, Milford Fire Department, and Boji Towing.