Dunn County sees second auto fatality in past month

For the second time in just over a month, a driver was killed in an auto accident in Dunn County.


Dalton James, 27, of Dickinson died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash that ejected him from a pickup early Thursday morning about 30 miles northwest of Killdeer.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.

The fatal accident was the second in Dunn County this year, which has doubled last year’s total, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

It’s also the seventh fatality on North Dakota roads this month, said Ashlee Doan, safety public information specialist for the NDDOT. Through the first 10 weeks of the year, there have been 20 fatalities – seven more than at this time last year, Doan said.

According to a report by the Highway Patrol, Jones was driving a 2002 GMC Sierra pickup on 111th Ave. NW when he failed to negotiate a curve. He drove off the west side of the road and the vehicle struck a temporary guard rail, according to the report.

The vehicle then traveled down a steep embankment and overturned, coming to rest in a creek bed at the bottom of the embankment.

Jones was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, the report said.

He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway patrol.

Doan said failure to use safety restraints played a role in 10 of the fatal accidents this year.

In February, Chris Davillier, 51, of Dickinson, was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 22 north of Killdeer.

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 driven by Richard Perkerwicz, 61 of Washburn. Davillier died at the scene.

At that time, he was the seventh person to be killed in an auto accident in North Dakota this year, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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