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Names Released In Lyman County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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


Names Released In Lyman County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  BIA 10, mile marker 7

              20 miles northeast of Kennebec, S.D.

When:   4:11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019


Driver: Jordan Miller, 27, Kennebec, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passsenger: Matthew Denke, 27, Pukwana, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2005 Chrysler 300


KENNEBEC, S.D. – A Pukwana, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred last Thursday morning on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation northeast of Kennebec.


A 2005 Chrysler 300 was traveling eastbound on BIA 10 approaching a hill, when the vehicle crossed over the center line, steered to the right, drove off the roadway and into the ditch. The vehicle flipped over and came to a rest on its wheels.


Both occupants were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected. Matthew Denke, the 27-year-old passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Jordan Miller, the 27-year-old driver from Kennebec, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to the Chamberlain hospital and later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital.


Charges are pending against the driver.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


The Highway Patrol is part of the 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.