FD woman killed in truck versus bicycle crash

A Fort Dodge woman was killed after a truck versus bicycle crash Tuesday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department.

Melissa Ristau, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m. at the intersection South 31st Street and 8th Avenue South.

Officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department, along with the Fort Dodge Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive woman lying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation on scene indicated that a 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup being operated by Peyten Rasmussen, 18, of Goldfield, turned northbound onto 31st Street from 8th Avenue South. While the vehicle was in motion, Ristau was struck while crossing the street on a tricycle.

Due to the nature of the incident, the Iowa State Patrol was contacted and will be assisting with the investigation moving forward. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Fort Dodge Fire Department, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Webster County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol and the Fort Dodge Public Works Department.


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