Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 4, 2004

One killed in accident north of Waverly

By Ryan Gueningsman

A Buffalo man is dead following a devastating two-vehicle accident the morning of Sept. 26, just north of Waverly in Marysville Township at the intersection of Wright County Roads 9 and 107.

David Noel Joyce, 27, was found deceased upon arrival of emergency personnel. Joyce was apparently ejected from the 1993 Ford Bronco he was riding in and died from the impact, commented Waverly Fire Chief Mark Karels.

The initial investigation indicates that the Bronco was traveling eastbound on Wright County Road 107 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with a 1994 Chevrolet van traveling southbound on Wright County Road 9, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

The impact caused the vehicles to enter the southeast ditch of the intersection where the Ford Bronco became engulfed in flames.

The other occupants of the Bronco, Matthew Johnson, 20, of Cokato; Candice Davids, 21, of Buffalo; Jacob Vogelpohl, 20, of Dassel; and Matt Fadden, 24, of Buffalo, were all taken to Buffalo Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The driver of the van, Michael Gilmer, 54, and his wife, Sheila Gilmer, 51, both of rural Waverly, were taken by ambulance to Buffalo Hospital.

Michael Gilmer was treated and released for minor injuries and Sheila Gilmer was transferred to North Memorial Medical Center.

“We had to extricate Sheila from the van,” Karels said. As of last week, Sheila Gilmer was in stable condition.

“She’ll certainly be laid up for awhile, but she shouldn’t suffer any long-term injuries,” said Stacy Doyle of the sheriff’s department.

Due to statements not being able to be received from persons involved in the crash, the sheriff’s department is still trying to determine who the driver of the Bronco was.Doyle said that charges are pending once the investigation is complete.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Allina Ambulance, and Waverly Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

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