Accident scene West Third

A retaining wall at West Third and Ross streets is in shambles Nov. 11, 2016, after a vehicle being pursued by a Woodbury County Sheriff's deputy crashed into it. One person died in the accident, and Jerell Wilson on Monday pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide.

SIOUX CITY | A 38-year-old man died and another man was injured 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 at about 4 a.m., a deputy attempted to pull over a car with two men inside for a traffic violation on Hamilton Boulevard. 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.

Djuan Raemel Beverly was pronounced dead at the scene and Jerell Martice Wilson, 23, was injured and taken to a local hospital.

Stallman said he did not know the severity of the man's injuries, nor who was driving.

The Iowa State Patrol is conducting the accident investigation and will attempt to determine how fast the car was traveling when it crashed.

Stallman said Sioux City police are determining if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

He 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.

The Journal's Nick Hytrek contributed to this story. 


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