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.

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.