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Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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


Names Released in Hanson County Fatal Crash


What:    Three-vehicle crash

Where:  Interstate 90, mile marker 336

               Four miles east of Mitchell, S.D.

When:   11:27 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2018


Driver No. 1: Robert Launderville, 71, Denison, Iowa, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Ram Pickup


Driver No. 2: Joan Spader, 76, Howard, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2014 Buick LaCrosse


Driver No. 3: Dennis Evers, 69, Mitchell, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2018 Toyota Corolla


MITCHELL, S.D. – A Howard, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died late Monday morning in a three-vehicle crash that occurred east of Mitchell.


A 2014 Buick LaCrosse was westbound on Interstate 90 and had slowed down due to traffic being backed up because of a crash on I-90 at mile marker 333. A westbound 2012 Dodge Ram pickup rear-ended the LaCrosse, causing it to strike a 2018 Toyota Corolla.


Joan Spader, the 76-year-old driver of the Buick LaCrosse, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.


The pickup driver, 71-year-old Robert Launderville of Denison, Iowa, was taken to the Mitchell hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.


Also transported to the Mitchell hospital was Dennis Evers, 69, Mitchell, who was the driver of the Toyota Corolla. He suffered minor injuries. It is not known whether he was wearing a seatbelt.


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.