Mississippi man killed in ATV accident after striking barbed wire fence in North Dakota

Published 4:34 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

A Mississippi man was killed Sunday in an ATV accident in a small town in North Dakota.

Joel Sistrunk, 27, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, was driving a Polaris side-by-side on Sunday afternoon on a private road in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a Monday news release.

The crash happened when the Polaris was traveling south bound on a private roadway about 2 miles west and 15 miles south of Arnegard when it drove over the crest of hill. Sistrunk overcorrected, then hit a barbed wire fence, which caused the vehicle to overturn, police wrote in a news release.

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The vehicle rolled several times, partially throwing Sistrunk through the driver’s side window. He was trapped when the ATV came to rest, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. A passenger, 44-year-old Illy Allen from Houston, Texas, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Police said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

Published with permission of The Williston (N.D.) Herald.