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Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

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


Names Released in Custer County Fatal Crash


What:      One-Vehicle Crash

Where:    South Dakota Highway 40, mile marker 52

                Four miles east of Hermosa, S.D.

When:     11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018


Driver:  Gregory Fayson, 44, Rapid City, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger No. 1: Paul Fast Wolf, 34, Pine Ridge, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger No. 2: Matilda Waters, 47, Pine Ridge, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet Uplander



HERMOSA, S.D. – Three people now have died of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 2018, east of Hermosa.


They have been identified as Gregory Fayson, 44, Rapid City; Paul Fast Wolf, 34, Pine Ridge; and Matilda Waters, 47, Pine Ridge. They were the only people involved in the crash.


A 2006 Chevrolet Uplander was westbound on South Dakota Highway 40 when the vehicle drifted off the roadway and the driver, Gregory Fayson, lost control. The vehicle eventually went across both lanes of the roadway, into the south ditch and rolled.


Both passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The driver remained in the vehicle.


All three were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.


Matilda Waters died Sunday, Feb. 4; Paul Fast Wolf died Feb. 5 and Gregory Fayson died on Feb. 7.


The driver was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown whether the passengers were wearing seatbelts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and Battle Creek 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.