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UPDATE: Wahpeton Man Involved in Deadly Crash Identified

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The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of the two men involved in a deadly crash in Wahpeton earlier this week.  Authorities say 29-year-old Adam Alcozer was killed after the vehicle he was driving lost control and rolled while fleeing from police.  The passenger in the van, 37-year-old Ephram Luna, remains hospitalized.

Wahpeton Police were called to a home on the south side of town for a restraining order violation. When an officer approached the vehicle with Alcozer and Luna in it, they took off.  After the van ran a stop sign, a second officer tried to pull the men over, and that's when they started to pick up speed.

After a several-block pursuit through town, Alcozer lost control of the van, it hit a power pole and rolled.  Neither men were wearing seatbelts and both were thrown from the van.


The Wahpeton Police Department released more details about a crash that left one man dead and another hospitalized Monday night.  It all started with a report of a restraining order violation in the 600 block of 2nd Street South in Wahpeton.

When police got to the home where the report came from, an officer approached two men in a van nearby. The vehicle drove away, disregarding the officer's request for them to stop.  Almost immediately, a second officer watched that van run a stop sign at 7th Avenue and 4th Street going about 20 miles per hour and attempted to pull the van over.

Police say the van continued west to 6th Street North, where it then turned north.  At this time, the officer had lights and sirens on but the van continued to gain speed.  Police say it was about the 300 block where the van began fishtailing, eventually leaving the road and hitting a power pole. The van rolled and the two men were thrown from the vehicle.

Valley News Live spoke to eyewitnesses who saw inconsistencies the police report. They said the crash happened on 6th Street South.

"On Sixth Street South, south of the Daily News in a senior citizens building parking lot," says Wahpeton's Candace Silvernail.

Silvernail had to take a detour after coming home from a softball came and encountering the accident.

"I seen a tipped over vehicle, bent over light pole, cops everywhere, road blocks, lots of lights, fire department," she says.

The two men were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Breckenridge were the 29-year-old driver was pronounced dead. The passenger is now in a Fargo hospital.  The identity of the man killed will be released once family is notified.

The Wahpeton Police Department says the pursuit went about six blocks and lasted just 30-40 seconds in duration. They estimate the highest speed the patrol car made it to was about 40 miles per hour, but are unsure how fast the fleeing van was going.


A 29-year-old Wahpeton man is dead after crashing his vehicle during a police pursuit through Wahpeton.Police say the call started with a disorderly conduct complaint around 7:30 Monday night, and ended after a five-block chase when the driver hit a utility pole. Two people inside the vehicle were ejected. A second man, also from Wahpeton, was seriously hurt and transported to a Fargo hospital.

Officers say the driver ran a stop sign at one point and speeds during the chase were about 40 to 45 miles per hour.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating and spent much of the night reconstructing the crash.

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