Home
About
Agencies
Agency RSS
Agency
Listservs
Archives
Multimedia
Subscribe
Contact

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, April 17, 2016

Contact: Lt. Jeff DeVaney, Lt. Paul Gerken, South Dakota Highway Patrol, 605-367-5700 or Tony Mangan, Department of Public Safety, 605-280-5648

 

Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash

 

What: Two-vehicle crash

Where: South Dakota Highway 42, mile marker 354, seven miles west of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Time: 8:33 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016

 

Driver No. 1: Jeffrey Kaubisch, 18, Sioux Falls, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 1997 Honda Accord

 

Driver No. 2: Lee Waltner, 39, Coon Rapids, MN, Fatal

Passengers: Female, 9, Coon Rapids, MN, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                    Female, 8, Coon Rapids, MN, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 Honda Civic

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Coon Rapids, MN man, Lee Waltner, 39, has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night west of Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

Jeffrey Kaubisch, 18, Sioux Falls, S.D. was driving a 1997 Honda Accord eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound 1998 Honda Civic that was in the appropriate lane.

 

Waltner, who was driving the Honda Civic, was pronounced dead at the scene. His two daughters, ages nine and eight, who were in that vehicle and the other driver all suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to Sioux Falls hospitals. Because they are minors, the names of the two girls are not being released.

 

At least two of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

 

The crash scene area was closed to traffic for several hours.

 

Officials of the South Dakota Highway Patrol continue to investigate. Other agencies at the scene were Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Hartford Fire Department, Med Star, Sanford Air Med, Avera Care Flight and the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

 

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

-30-

 

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.