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Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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


Pennington County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  S.D. Highway 79, mile marker 69

              Five miles south of Rapid City, S.D.

When:   8:14 a.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Driver No 1: Female, 26, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2010 Honda CRV


Driver No. 2: Male, 71, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Ford Freestar


RAPID CITY, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Rapid City.


Names of those involved are not being released at this time pending notification of family members.


A 2010 Honda CRV was making a left-hand turn from Spring Creek Road onto South Dakota Highway 79 when it pulled in front of a southbound 2004 Ford Freestar. The two vehicles collided with the Honda CRV becoming fully engulfed in flames


The 26-year-old female driver of the Honda CRV was unable to get out of the burning vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old male driver of the Ford Freestar suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Rapid City hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate 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.