MASON CITY, Iowa - A two-vehicle crash involving a semi Wednesday morning resulted in the death of a 52-year-old man.
Authorities said it happened at California Ave. and Highway 122, which is just east of the entrance to the NIACC campus, at 5:39 a.m.
Upon arrival, a Freitlighter truck was on its side in a field southwest of the intersection and was engulfed in flames. The driver, Amar Pinjo, 52, of Waterloo, was southbound on California Ave. and went through the stop sign without stopping. Pinjo died in the crash after being ejected from the semi.
The driver of the pickup, Matt Hoveland, 57, of Osage, was taken to MercyOne North Iowa after being extricated from the vehicle.
The Mason City Police Department was assisted by the Mason City Fire Department, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Operations and Maintenance, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Maintenance Division.
The Iowa Department of Transportation tells KIMT the crash history for this intersection reports only 2 crashes in the past 5 years, this is the third.
Pete Hjelmstad, Field Services Coordinator Iowa DOT says, “We evaluate intersections all the time, and if there's anything we can do to make them safer we do that.”
Hjelmstad adds the DOT put in offset right-hand turn lanes going east and west in 2012 to make this intersection safer for drivers.
He reminds drivers to pay attention at all intersections.
“If you have a stop sign make sure you come to a stop and make sure it's clear before somebody is coming. If it's hard to see, do not enter until you are certain it is clear,” he emphasizes.
A GoFundMe page for the Pino family has been established. To donate, click here.
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— Mason City Police (@MasonCityPD) September 15, 2021