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Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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


Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash


What:  Two-Vehicle Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 47, mile marker 46

              26 miles north of Gregory, S.D.

When:  6:08 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018


Driver No. 1: Vincent Svoboda, Iona, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900 ATV


Driver No. 2: Liban Gabre, 30, Tukwila, WA, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2011 Freightliner Semi



GREGORY, S.D. – An Iona, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday evening in an ATV-semi truck collision north of Gregory.


A 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900 ATV was northbound on South Dakota Highway 47 when the driver started to slow down as he neared the intersection of 265th Street. A northbound 2011 Freightliner semi truck, hauling a flatbed full of concrete culverts, began to merge into the passing lane to avoid hitting the ATV. But the ATV driver also merged into the passing lane as he started to make a left-hand turn. The two vehicles collided.


Vincent Svoboda, the 81-year-male driver of the ATV, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Liban Gabre, 30, of Tukwila, WA was the semi-truck driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the 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.