UPDATE: Venerable Perry elder dies in accident on J Avenue

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Wilbur Dickerson, 85, of Perry was killed today when a northbound vehicle on County Road P58 crossed the center line and struck Dickerson as he was exiting his parked, southbound vehicle. The accident is under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

A pedestrian fatality closed County Road P58 north of the Raccoon River bridge for several hours Wednesday.

Wilbur Dickerson, 85, of Perry was killed Wednesday afternoon south of Perry when he stepped from his parked vehicle and was struck by an oncoming motorist, according to a statement released Wednesday night by the Iowa State Patrol.

The accident occurred about 3:06 p.m. on J Avenue (County Road P58) just north of K Trail.

According to the ISP statement, Dickerson’s vehicle was parked on the west shoulder of P58 pointed southward. A northbound vehicle driven by Saul Tellez, 20, of Perry crossed into the southbound lane and struck Dickerson as he was exiting his 2010 Ford Ranger pickup.

The force of the impact from Tellez’s 2017 Ford Focus killed Dickerson at the scene, the report said. The victim was transported by Dallas County EMS to the office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.

The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s office, Perry Police Department, Perry Volunteer Fire Department and Dallas County EMS also responded.

ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.

2 COMMENTS

  1. There have been warrants out for two months now, but apparently Perry police are too busy to check their wants and warrants or perform arrests these days. Perhaps too many calls about lost dogs? Good grief, IHP contacted me first of March and said warrants were being filed. It’s now well into May and no action by police.

  2. Mr. Saul Tellez, 21, of Perry was arrested last night, May 27th, and booked in Dallas County Jail at 11:35 pm. He has been charged with failure to maintain control and driving on wrong side of a two-lane highway in connection with an accident July 25, 2018, in which Wilbur Dickerson, 85, of Perry was killed.

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