SIOUX CITY | One person died early Friday after speeding away from a Woodbury County Sheriff's deputy and crashing into a retaining wall on Sioux City's west side.

Woodbury County Sheriff Maj. Greg Stallman said that at about 4 a.m., a deputy attempted to pull the driver over for a traffic violation on Hamilton Boulevard.

"He was initiating a traffic stop and the driver took off, and that's about as far as it got," Stallman said.

The driver quickly turned onto West Third Street and crashed seconds later into a brick retaining wall at the corner of West Third and Ross streets.

Stallman said the deputy did not see the crash. The Iowa State Patrol is conducting the accident investigation and will attempt to determine how fast the car was traveling when it crashed.

Two men were in the car, Stallman said, and authorities are still determining who was driving. The other man was transported to a local hospital and was still hospitalized Friday afternoon. Stallman said he did not know the severity of the man's injuries.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the men, pending notification of relatives, Stallman said. He said Sioux City police are determining if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Stallman said sheriff's deputies do not routinely patrol Sioux City streets, but are often in the city serving warrants or investigating other incidents. If a deputy notices a traffic violation while driving through the city, it is not uncommon for the deputy to make a traffic stop, he said.

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