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Published September 20, 2023

Rugby Area Fatal

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ND Highway Patrol

What: Fatality
Where: US Highway 2, near mile marker 221, approximately 9 miles east of Rugby
When: Discovered 09/19/2023, at 1:33 PM CDT
Road Conditions: Good
Weather Conditions: Clear
Crash Involvement: Single vehicle
Type of Crash: Non-collision
Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway Patrol, Benson County Sheriff’s Office, Pierce
County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Lake Region UAS
Team, and Benson County Coroner’s Office
Vehicle No. 1: 2010 Mercury Milan
Driver No. 1: Cynthia Meyer; Female; 73 years old; Devils Lake, ND; Fatal injuries
Restraints: Seatbelt worn
NARRATIVE: On Monday, September 18, 2023, the Mercury, driven by Meyer, was
westbound on US Highway 2. At an unknown time, near mile marker 221, the Mercury ran off
the roadway right, entered the north ditch, struck an approach, vaulted, rolled onto its roof,
and came to rest in a grove of trees. On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, law enforcement
received a report of an overdue motorist. At 1333 hours, the Mercury was discovered by law
enforcement. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene.

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