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Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

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


Name Released in Lawrence County Fatal Crash

What:      One-Vehicle Rollover

Where:    Acorn Ridge Road

                Two miles east of Spearfish, S.D.,  

When:    10:47 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017


Driver:  Richard Griffith, 47, Whitewood, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 GMC Sierra


SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Whitewood, S.D., man has died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning east of Spearfish.


A 1998 GMC Sierra was traveling on Acorn Ridge Road when it hit the side of a bridge, went into the north ditch and rolled.


The driver, Richard Griffith, 47, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to a Spearfish hospital and then airlifted to Rapid City where he died Thursday.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Spearfish Police Department and Spearfish Ambulance.


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.