On-ramp crash injures FD man on scooter

23-year-old flown to Des Moines

A man riding an electric scooter on a U.S. Highway 169 on-ramp Saturday night suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car, according to a state trooper.

Jacob Berube, 23, of Fort Dodge, was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines with “pretty significant leg injuries,” Trooper Neil Morenz of the Iowa State Patrol said.

Berube was riding a Razor scooter at the time of the crash, Morenz said. A Razor scooter looks like a narrow skateboard with two wheels and handlebars. A user rides it by standing on it.

The crash happened at 9:28 p.m. Saturday on the ramp that takes traffic from Second Avenue South to the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 169.

Morenz said Berube was riding in the travel portion of the ramp. He added that Berube was wearing dark clothing and had no reflectors on his scooter.

A 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis operated by James Goodell, of Humboldt, hit Berube, according to Morenz. He said Goodell came up the ramp behind Berube and didn’t see him.

He said Berube was thrown onto the hood of the car, and then fell off to the side.

Berube was initially taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center before being flown to the Des Moines hospital.

The Fort Dodge police and fire departments responded to the crash along with the Iowa State Patrol.


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