Auto fatality north of Killdeer state’s seventh

The automobile accident on Feb. 1 north of Killdeer that resulted in the death of a Dickinson was the sixth in the state, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.


Chris Davillier, 51, was killed in a head-on collision in an accident on Highway 22 north of Killdeer.

According to the department of transportation, Davillier is the seventh person to die in a roadway accident this year. At this point last year, five people did in roadway accident, the DOT said.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. According to the patrol, Davillier was driving a 2017 Freightliner box truck south on Highway 22 when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2015 Freightliner semi with a single box trailer driven by Richard Perkerewicz, 61, of Washburn. The box truck struck the semi on the left front, and came to rest of the shoulder, partly in the southbound lane. The semi came to rest in the ditch on the east side of the road.

Perkerewicz was transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson by Killdeer Ambulance. Davillier died at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol report said.

Witnesses said Good Samaritans who came across the accident just after the accident occurred applied CPR on Davillier until medical personnel arrived.

According to the department of transportation, two of the victims in the six fatal crashes were wearing seat belts, while three victims were not, while the other two cases are unknown whether seat belts were in use.

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