Posted 11/03/15 (Tue)
By Amy Robinson
Farmer Staff Writer
A 20-year-old man who was in his third year of engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, was killed on N.D. Highway 23 when he was struck by a semi truck on Oct. 27.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Benjamin Enterman was taking measurements to verify erosion control along a completed construction zone, both on and off the highway. He was taking the measurements for the engineering company, Stantec Inc., that he was doing co-op work for when he was struck by a 2009 Kenworth semi truck being driven by Jason Saran, 37, of Tuscon, Ariz.
Saran struck Enterman while he was traveling west on N.D. Highway 23 at about 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Enterman died at the scene.
The accident is currently under investigation. According to the report, weather conditions were reported to be cloudy, with light mist at the time of the accident and the road was wet.
Enterman, who was from Warner Robins, Ga., was currently studying engineering and was in North Dakota doing engineering work for Stantec Inc.
The highway was closed for three hours while emergency responders and law enforcement personnel were on the scene.
According to a Facebook memorial site created in honor of Enterman, his funeral is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Hope in Rapid City.
“Ben Enterman was a wonderful young man who had a great life ahead of him,” wrote Charles Midthun, on the memorial page. “There are no words to express this tragic loss. I loved Ben as a son - he was such a part of our family. He brought joy, laughter, tears, and everything else that a family member brings. He will live forever in our hearts and memories. He leaves behind a hole in our lives, but also warm thoughts and the joy of knowing that we were able to share a part of our lives with him.”