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Lincoln County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648


Lincoln County Fatal Crash



What:     Two-vehicle crash

Where:   466th Avenue and U.S. Highway 18

                Six miles east of Davis, S.D.

When:    5:05 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017


Driver No. 1:  Hunter Chalmers, 21, Lake Andes, S.D., No injuries

Vehicle: 2002 Ford F150 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Delmar Kuper, 89, Lennox, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Viola Kuper, 81, Lennox, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2003 Chrysler Town and Country Van



DAVIS, S.D.  – Two Lennox, S.D. residents have died from injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon east of Davis.


Delmar Kuper, 89, was driving a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van southbound on 466th Avenue. The van stopped at the U.S. Highway 18 intersection and then proceeded into intersection where it collided with a 2002 Ford F150 picking going west on U.S. Highway 18.


Kuper and his passenger, Viola Kuper, 81, were both injured and transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. Both died Monday.


The second driver, Hunter Chalmers, 21, Lake Andes, S.D., was not injured. All three people were wearing seatbelts.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lennox Fire and Rescue, Lennox Ambulance and Sanford Trauma 1.


An approximate location on the crash can be found here: LINCOLN COUNTY CRASH.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.




Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at http://www.safesd.gov/  Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.