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Dickinson man who died during demolition derby 'greatly respected' and 'loved by so many'

A Dickinson man died during the Hettinger County demolition derby in Mott on Saturday, July 15, officials confirmed on Monday.

Richard Jordan, 47, of Dickinson, passed away Saturday while competing in the demolition derby in Mott. However, no cause of death has been determined at this time.

Hettinger County Sheriff Sarah Warner, who is also the county coroner, said Jordan's body was sent to the forensic medical center in Bismarck for an autopsy.

While Jordan did take a couple of hits during the race, Warner said the hits were not anything "major." Officials are awaiting an autopsy report to come back from the state lab to know the cause of death.

"We don't have a clue what took place," Warner said.

Jordan often raced at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, where he will be missed by many, the group posted on their Facebook page.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Tracy and his children, Hailey and Bree. Please pray for them during this difficult time," the group said in a Facebook post. "Though we know that there is no comfort that could be enough during this hard time, we want the Jordan family to know that Richard was greatly respected and loved by so many, and though he will be missed on and off the track, he will never be forgotten."

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook started working as the multimedia editor for The Press in January 2016.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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