The Polk County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death of a 23-year-old Polk man in a single vehicle accident early Sunday near Stromsburg.
Derek Rodine, of Polk, died at York General Hospital after his car was rolled into a ditch. The crash occurred on Polk County Road K between Road 122 and Highway 66 in Polk County, about three miles south and two miles west of Stromsburg.
Polk County Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig said Rodine was the driver of the vehicle. Three passengers in the vehicle were injured in the crash and were treated and released at the York hospital.
Rodine graduated from High Plains Community School in 2008 and went on to Concordia University in Seward where he competed in track and football, graduating in 2012. After school, Rodine moved back to Polk to help his parents, Duane and Brenda, on their farm.
While at High Plains, Rodine was a three-year letterman for basketball and a four-year letterman on football and track teams. At High Plains he was also a member of the school band and the National Honor Society.
During his time at Concordia, Rodine was named honorable mention all-conference in football and all-conference in both the hammer throw and shot put as a member of the school’s track team.
Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig said it is not known yet if alcohol or any substance played a factor in the accident.