Agency RSS

Names Released in Hamlin County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
CONTACT:  Tony Mangan, Department of Public Safety, 605-773-6196



Names Released in Hamlin County Fatal Crash


What: Two-vehicle crash
Where: U.S. Highway 81, mile marker 135

              Five miles east of Lake Norden, S.D.
When:  3:23 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Driver No. 1: Betty Knutson, 69, Estelline, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Ford Explorer


Driver No. 2:  Job Seppanen, 17, Vienna, S.D., Minor Injuries

Passenger: Male, 15, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Ford F-350 Pickup


LAKE NORDEN, S.D. – A 69-year-old Estelline, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Monday in a two-vehicle fatal crash east of Lake Norden.


A 2013 Ford Explorer was southbound on U.S. Highway 81. The vehicle, while making a left turn onto South Dakota Highway 28, turned in front of a northbound 2012 Ford F-350 pickup which was pulling a trailer loaded with construction equipment.


Betty Knutson, who was driving the Explorer, was transported by ambulance to the Watertown hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was not wearing a seatbelt.


Sustaining minor injuries was Job Seppanen of Vienna, S.D., the 17-year-old driver of the pickup. He was taken to the Watertown hospital. He was cited for not wearing a seatbelt.


A 15-year-old male passenger in the pickup was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt. .


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The Highway Patrol is part of the state 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 completed.