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Clay County accident claims lives of two local men

GTRA 2017 Homecoming King was driver

April 29, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Friday, April 26, 2019, the Clay County Sheriff's office responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of 280th Avenue and 350th Street in Dickins. A 911 call reported a vehicle was nearly severed and wrapped around an electrical pole. The vehicle was a 1999 Mercury Sable.

The driver, Alfonso Adrian Maldonado, age 19, of Graettinger, was transported to the Spencer Hospital and later died from his injuries. The passenger and registered owner of the vehcle, Tephonte Alan Smith, 21, of Estherville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident investigation is still ongoing and there are no further details to be released at this time. A traffic investigator from the Iowa State Patrol responded and is assisting with the investigation. More information will be released at a later date.

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Alfonso Adrian Maldonado

The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Dickens Fire and Rescue, and Spencer Ambulance.

Alliant Energy also assisted with making the scene safe due to the live power lines down around the accident scene.

Maldonado was 2017 homecoming king at Graettinger-Terril High School. Smith is from Suffolk County, New York and came to Estherville a few years ago to live with family members in the area.

Maldonado's visitation will be Tuesday, April 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and funeral services Wednesday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville. Smith's family has started a GoFundMe effort to raise $15,000 for funeral and burial expenses.



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