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Charles Mix County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

CONTACT:  Captain Kevin Joffer, Lt. Alan Welsh or Lt. Paul Gerken

                     SD Highway Patrol 605-367-5700


            Charles Mix County Fatal Crash


What: One-vehicle fatal crash

Where: 392nd Ave and 296th St, SD Highway 46, two west and one-half north of Wagner, SD

When: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 11:03 a.m.


Driver: Stephanie Jo Thompson, 32, Dell Rapids, SD, fatal

Passenger: Derek Gavin Weston, 34, Dell Rapids, SD, fatal

Vehicle: 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac


WAGNER, S.D. – Two Dell Rapids, S.D., people died in a one-vehicle crash on a gravel road two miles west and one-half mile north of Wagner on Sunday, Sept. 29.


Stephanie Jo Thompson, 32, was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac south on the gravel road. She lost control, and the vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled. Thompson was wearing a seatbelt. She was partially ejected from the vehicle and was dead at the scene.


A passenger in the vehicle, Derek Gavin Weston, 34, was not wearing a seatbelt. He was thrown from the vehicle and was dead at the scene.


No further information is immediately available.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. The Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, the Wagner Police Department, the Wagner Fire Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs assisted.