Winneshiek Fatality

By: News Release
Oct 19th, 2018

On 10-18-18- at approximately 1530 hours, the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Fire Department and Bi-County Ambulance were dispatched to a car versus ATV accident at East Worthington Rd and Wieferich Rd. Investigation showed a 76-year old Worthington man was operating an Outlander ATV traveling south on Wieferich Rd.  Nohemi Ortiz Vega (37), also of Worthington, was driving a '04 Chrysler Pacifica heading west on East Worthington Rd. The ATV rider failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic at East Worthington Rd. Ortiz Vega attempted to brake and swerve but struck the ATV. The ATV rider was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque with life threatening injuries. Authorities report that the driver of the ATV has now died from his injuries.  His name will be released this evening.  Ortiz Vega had bruising and pain but refused medical treatment. She was cited for No Valid Driver’s License and Failure to Provide Proof of Security Against Liability (No Insurance).