A single-car crash northeast of Fillmore took the life of a 62-year-old Wykoff resident the evening of Friday, Jan. 5.

A passerby who lives in the area was traveling south on Morgan Road and observed a vehicle off the roadway in the 28000 block a little over one mile northeast of Fillmore Friday at 7:30 p.m., according to Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase. The passerby checked the vehicle, found the injured driver and called 911.

A 1992 Buick Riviera driven by 62-year-old Dale Benike of Wykoff had been traveling southwest on Morgan Road towards Fillmore when it left the roadway and struck a tree, said Kaase. Benike was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Benike was pronounced dead at the scene. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, Chatfield Police Department, Wykoff Fire and Chatfield Ambulance all responded to the accident.