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Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196


Names Released in Charles Mix County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  401st Avenue and 295th Street

              Six miles east and two miles north of Wagner, S.D.

When:   6 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 017


Driver No 1: Melvin Hopkins, Sr., Lake Andes, S.D., 54, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2008 Chevy Impala


Driver No. 2: Terry Koupal, 57, Wagner, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup


WAGNER, S.D.  – A Lake Andes, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning near Wagner.


Melvin Hopkins, Sr., was driving a 2008 Chevy Impala eastbound on 295th Street when he failed to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection with 401st Avenue. The vehicle entered the intersection and collided with a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup that was southbound on 401st Avenue.


Hopkins, Sr., 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


Terry Koupal, 57, of Wagner, S.D., was the pickup driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. He was transported via ambulance to the Wagner hospital as a precaution.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, Wagner Police Department and Wagner 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.