Clay County Authorities Release Additional Details Into Double Fatality Crash In April Of This Year Near Dickens

Tue 6-4-2019

(Spencer)-- Clay county authorities have released additional details into a double fatality crash that occurred April 26th of this year near Dickens.

The initial investigation revealed the vehicle involved had left the roadway and collided with a utility pole, severing the vehicle in two, killing both occupants. They were identified as Alfonso Adrian Maldonado of Graettinger and Tephonte Alan Smith of Estherville. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene; Maldonado died of his injuries at a local hospital.

In a press release issued late Tuesday afternoon, Clay County Sheriff Christopher Raveling says a subsequent investigation into the crash has revealed the occupants of the vehicle had been at the Southside Grill in Spencer prior to the crash and that the driver, Maldonado who was 19, had allegedly been drinking at the establishment and had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.258. The release states Jacoba Knight of Spencer has now been charged for selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person, failing to exercise reasonable care to ascertain whether he was under the legal age; as well as supplying alcohol to an 18-year-old woman, knowing she was under age. Knight was cited and released.

Authorities say additional charges are pending.

The Spencer City Council Monday evening voted to deny a liquor license renewal for Southside Grill making reference to the fatal crash and other alleged concerns.

The owner of the establishment can file an appeal with the state Alcoholic Beverages Division, and has reportedly initiated legal proceedings against the city.