New England coach identified in fatal accident in Dickinson


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The Tiger and Wildfire family are in mourning following the news of the tragic death of basketball coach and teacher Shawn Flaherty Wednesday in a fatal vehicle accident in Dickinson.

Shawn Flaherty, assistant basketball coach for the New England Tigers, has been identified as the victim in a multiple-vehicle crash Wednesday in Dickinson.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., Dickinson Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 report of a multiple vehicle accident with serious injuries on South State Ave near the intersection of Diamond Drive.

Sergio Ruiz Ledezma was traveling southbound while Matthew Biel and Flaherty were both traveling northbound on State Ave., when Ledezma’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Biel’s vehicle on the rear driver’s side. After striking Biel’s vehicle, Ledezma’s vehicle struck head-on with Flaherty’s vehicle.

Biel’s vehicle came to rest partially on the northbound roadway and the east sidewalk, while Ledezma and Flaherty’s vehicles came to rest within the intersection of State Ave and Diamond Drive. The three drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Ledezma was transported to CHI St. Alexius Dickinson Hospital and later transferred to Bismarck Sanford Hospital by the Dickinson Ambulance for injuries sustained in the crash. Biel was not injured in the crash. Flaherty was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.


This crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Flaherty, 64, of New England was the basketball coach for the Tigers.

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