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Motorcylist dies after accident at uncontrolled intersection. One arrested for driving without license

By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer | Apr 8, 2021

Update: Sam Woolery, 25, died from his injuries after being transported from Avera Holy Family to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Officers processed the scene of a pickup vs motorcycle crash at 2nd Ave S and S 8th St that happened around 6:09 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 7.

Estherville Ambulance transported one man after rescuers on scene provided medical assistance.

Estherville Police Chief Brent Shatto told the Estherville News the individual on the motorcycle was taken to Avera Holy Family Hospital with serious injuries. The truck had four occupants, a man, a woman and two children. None of the truck’s occupants reported any injuries at the scene.

According to the accident report from the Iowa State Patrol, a 2000 Victory MC motorcycle driven by Samuel Lee Woolery, 25, of Estherville entered the intersection at the same time as a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Angel Alexis Ponce Archaga, 35. Woolery’s motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Silverado. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol, Estherville Police Department and Emmet County Sheriff’s Department.

The Iowa State Patrol minimal accident report can be found here: https://bit.ly/3dDxLCY

Investigating officers spoke with eyewitnesses on the scene who told officers that the motorcycle was traveling Eastbound on 2nd Avenue South, while the pick-up truck involved was traveling Northbound on South 8th Street. The pick-up truck collided with the motorcycle in the middle of the intersection. The Intersection of South 8th Street and 2nd Avenue South is an Uncontrolled Intersection. Samuel Woolery was ejected from the motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet.

According to the Estherville Police Department, Ponce Archaga was questioned by investigating officers and placed under arrest for driving without a valid license. He remains in the Emmet County Jail on that charge. There were three other occupants in the pick-up truck that reported they were not injured. The occupants were wearing safety belts and the front airbags deployed.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Estherville Police Department.

The Estherville Police Department was assisted at the scene by several local citizens, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, the Estherville Ambulance, Emmet County Emergency Management, the Emmet County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.