Mandan News

Mandan driver killed in crash on west main

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man killed in a crash in Mandan on Monday as
Thomas L. Joblinski of Mandan.

Jim Poolman, a former legislator and state insurancecommissioner, sustained serious injuries in the crash and is scheduled to have surgery on Friday.

Joblinski, 68, was driving a pickup on Main Street at 3:10 p.m. Monday, when the pickup crossed a concrete lane divider and struck a sport utility vehicle, then struck a van. The patrol said it happened at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Main Street.

Poolman, 43, was the driver of the SUV. The driver of the van, 51-year-old Norberto Dejesus Montero of Mandan, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Sgt. Steven Fischer said Joblinski may have had a medical issue that caused the crash.

“We don’t know. It appears it may have been a medical condition on his part, but we’re not 100 percent sure,” Fischer said.

Nicole Poolman, Jim Poolman’s wife, said he suffered a broken pelvis, a concussion and multiple cuts and bruises.