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Names Released in McPherson County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

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


Names Released in McPherson County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 10, mile marker 247

               12 miles west of Leola, S.D.

When:    2:13 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018


Driver No. 1: Breannah Van Duysen, 28, Wagner, S.D., Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Raelynn Van Duysen, 7, Wagner, S.D., Life Threatening Injuries

                       Josephine Van Duysen, 4, Wagner, S.D., 4, Fatal Injuries

                       Michael Van Duysen III, 2, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 Buick Park Avenue


Driver No. 2: Marion Hoffman, Leola, S.D., 83, Minor Injuries

Passenger: Marvin Hoffman, Leola, S.D., 83, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Cadillac Deville


LEOLA, S.D. – Names have been released of the six people involved in a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Sunday afternoon west of Leola.


Two children died in the crash and four others were injured.


A 2001 Buick Park Avenue was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 10 when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the south ditch. The driver overcorrected back onto the roadway where the vehicle collided with a westbound 2004 Cadillac Deville.


Two child passengers in the Buick died at the scene. They were Josephine Van Duysen, 4, and Michael Van Duysen III, 2. Both were in safety restraints.


The two other occupants in the Buick, both females, suffered life-threatening injuries. The 28-year-old driver, Breannah Van Duysen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. A seven-year-old female passenger, Raelynn Van Duysen, was wearing a seatbelt.


All four are from Wagner, S.D.


Both occupants in the Cadillac were wearing seatbelts. Marion Hoffman, the 83-year-old driver, suffered minor injuries while Marvin Hoffman, the 83-year-old passenger, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. Both are from Leola.


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.