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Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

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


Pennington County Fatal Crash


What:      Two-Vehicle Crash

Where:    U.S. Highway 16, mile marker 39

                Two miles south of Hill City, S.D.

When:     5:18 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017


Driver No. 1: Male, 54, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2017 Jeep Cherokee


Driver No. 2: Female, 56, Serious Life-Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Female, 22, Minor Injuries

                           Male, 23, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2014 Kia Sportage


HILL CITY, S.D. – One person was killed and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday night south of Hill City.


Names of those involved are not being released pending notification of families.


A 2017 Jeep Cherokee was southbound on U.S. Highway 16 attempting to negotiate a curve. The jeep crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound 2014 Kia Sportage.


The 54-year-old male driver of the jeep died from injuries sustained in the crash. The 56-year-old female driver of the Kia suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. Two passengers in the Kia received minor injuries.


Seatbelt use by the two drivers is under investigation. Both passengers in the Kia were wearing seatbelts.


Both the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 16 were closed for two hours due to the crash.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Hill City Ambulance and Hill City Fire, Search and Rescue.


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.