Published July 3, 2022

Watford City Man Killed

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan

An 18-year-old male from Watford City, Eduardo Luis Ochoa, was killed in a two-vehicle accident shortly before 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

According to a NDHP report, road and weather conditions were not a factor in a head-on collision between a 2015 Dodge Caravan, driven by Ochoa, and a 2005 Peterbilt truck-tractor, driven by Alyssa Lee Smith, 50, Kenmare. She was not injured in the accident.

The accident happened on happened on ND-23, east of New Town. The semi was traveling west on ND-23 from Minot to Mandaree. The minivan was traveling east on ND-23. The minivan crossed the center line shortly after clearing the intersection with the ND-23 bypass. The semi applied brakes and steered right to evade. The minivan struck the semi head on in the westbound right turn lane. The driver of the minivan was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Further details are being investigated by the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office.

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