DES MOINES—A former Ocheyedan man died on Feb. 5 from injuries he suffered on Jan. 22 when he was struck by a dump truck in downtown Des Moines.
Fifty-year-old Michael Todd Monkemeier of Mitchellville was seriously injured and hospitalized after he was hit by a 2016 Mack dump truck while he was crossing Eighth Street at the intersection with Grand Avenue at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.
According to the Des Moines Police Department, the dump truck was turning onto Eighth Street from Grand Avenue when the vehicle hit Monkemeier while he was in the crosswalk.
The dump truck’s driver, 71-year-old Jerry DeWayne Bemer of Cedar Rapids, was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian’s right-of-way.
According to court records, Bemer pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday, Feb. 13.
A nonjury trial has been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Polk County District Court in Des Moines.
According to the police department, another charge was expected to be filed against Bemer because Monkemeier has died.
Monkemeier was born on March 5, 1969, in Sioux Falls, SD, and spent his youth in Emmetsburg and Cedar Rapids, graduating from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.
He attended the Spencer School of Business and later worked in Worthington, MN, while living in Ocheyedan.
Monkemeier moved to Des Moines and worked as a glazier, first as an apprentice and then as a full-fledged glazier.
He worked for many contractors in commercial businesses throughout the United States, putting in windows for places like the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis and the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.
Monkemeier is survived by his mother, Cheryl Rueter, of Ocheyedan; grandmother, Mary Christine Rueter, of Ocheyedan; two uncles; one aunt; and many cousins, friends and co-workers.
There will be no funeral services. Burial will be at a later date at the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery near Ocheyedan, under the direction of Andringa Funeral Chapel.