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Update: On September 9, 2023 at approximately 1:36pm, Plymouth County 911 Dispatch took a call of a traffic accident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 75 and C-60 in Hinton, Iowa. Witnesses reported a gold Nissan Sentra driven by an unknown Caucasian male was traveling at a high rate of speed through Hinton, Iowa. This Sentra side swiped a Blue SUV driven by Baylie Andersen of Jefferson, South Dakota that was stopped at the red light facing northbound. The Sentra then side swiped a red Chevy Malibu driven by Evan Wielenga of Hull, Iowa, which was also stopped waiting for the red light facing northbound. The Nissan continued northbound through the red light and struck a gray 2015 GMC Yukon being driven by Jeremy Ahlers of Remsen, Iowa. The Nissan then struck a 2008 GMC Sierra being driven by Pat Hoebelheinrich of Le Mars, Iowa. Ultimately the Nissan then came to rest in the middle of the intersection. The driver of the Nissan Sentra was transported to Mercy Medical Center by Hinton Ambulance and was pronounced dead at Mercy. Jamie Ahlers (passenger of the Yukon) was transported to Orange City Health Care by Merrill Ambulance and sustained minor injuries. The 4 children in the Yukon were treated on scene. The gold Nissan was reported stolen out of Sioux City, Iowa earlier in the day prior to the accident. The driver has yet to be identified and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office will be working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to help in identifying this individual.


Update 9/11/23 – the driver of the gold Nissan Sentra who received fatal injuries was identified as Ryan S. Maier, age 26, of Sioux City, Iowa.  Assisting with the identification of the subject was the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux City Police Department, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office.