Osceola County's 5th Traffic Fatality
Sibley Gazette - March 12, 1959
This Is the Car in Which
Donald DeRoos Died.
Services Held at
For Donald DeRoos
Services for WW2 Vet
In Lutheran Church;
Burial Also at Melvin
Thirty-one year old Roy Lee Allen of Des Moines waived preliminary hearings on charges of manslaughter and drunken driving here Monday afternoon and was bound over to the September grand jury. The charges were filed against Allen by the Iowa Highway Patrol and Sheriff Arnold Scheu after Allen was involved in a two-car accident Saturday afternoon which took the life of Donald DeRoos, 48 of St. James, Minn. DeRoos was a former resident of Melvin.
James DeRoos, 16-year old son of Donald DeRoos and driver of the DeRoos car, is still hospitalized at the Sibley hospital with head and chest injuries. Services for Donald DeRoos were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the American Lutheran church at Melvin.
Reported to Officials
According to investigating officials, word was received here that a car was headed west on Highway 9 weaving back and forth on the highway and going at a high rate of speed. Highway Patrolman Daryl Leeper and Sheriff Arnold Scheu headed toward the 9-33 corner to intercept the car when a few moments later they received another radio call reporting an accident a mile west of the 9-33 intersection. When the officers arrived they found it was the car for which they were looking. The accident occurred at 4:10 p. m.
Former Melvin Barber
Donald DeRoos was born and raised at Sanborn. Later he and his family moved to Melvin where he was a barber and part time insurance agent. In 1957 the family moved to St. James where DeRoos was an agent for Farmers Mutual Insurance. He is survived by his wife Hannah, and three sons, Don Ray of Mankato, Gordon Dean, Fort Hood, Texas; and James who is living at home.
Bond Set at $9000
Allen, who suffered a broken rib and facial cuts, was released from the hospital here late Monday afternoon. He was taken before Justice of the Peace Ross Meader where he waived preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $8000 for the manslaughter charge and $1000 on the charge of driving while intoxicated. Bond was not posted.
Allen is married and has two children, a girl 8 and a boy 4 years old. He was headed towards Sioux Falls at the time of the accident.
According to Osceola county coroner Norbert Lampe of Ashton, it is believed that Donald DeRoos lived only a few minutes after the accident. He was not thrown from the car. He was Osceola County's fifth traffic fatality for 1959.
Allen was thrown from his car and was near the right rear-wheel of the DeRoos car. Both cars ended up in the ditch.
Tries to Avoid Crash
According to the report, Allen was headed west on Highway 9 and DeRoos was going east when they met. In trying to avoid a collision, DeRoos drove off the pavement on the north side. Allen also swung into a sharp turn to the north and hit DeRoos almost head-on on the north shoulder of the highway.
DeRoos and his son James were returning home to St. James after having taken Mr. and Mrs. Ole Morkrid to their home at George after they had all attended graduation of another son, Don Ray, from Mankato Commercial College.