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Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, July 7, 2018

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


Names Released in Yankton County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-vehicle crash

Where:  SD Highway 50, mile marker 389

               Three miles east of Yankton, S.D.

When:    1:20 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Driver No. 1: Michael Worlie, 29, Sioux Falls, S.D.,  Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Joshua Odens, 27, Sioux Falls, S.D.,  Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1996 Acura Integra


Driver No. 2: Tawna Lichty-Reineke, 40, Yankton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passengers: Chad Reineke, 43, Yankton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

                       Janicka Luschen, 10, Yankton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

                       Female, 12, Yankton, S.D., Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Sentra


YANKTON, S.D. – Names have been released of the five people who died early Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Yankton.


A Yankton city police officer was attempting to stop a 1996 Acura Integra which was traveling east on South Dakota Highway 50. The Integra shut off its headlights and crossed onto the westbound lanes where it collided with a westbound 2010 Nissan Sentra


Two Sioux Falls men were in the Acura Integra. Both the driver, 29-year-old Michael Worlie, and the passenger, Joshua Odens, 27, were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither were wearing seatbelts.


Three of the four occupants of the Nissan Sentra also died in the crash. They were the driver, 40-year-old Tawna Lichty-Reineke, and two passengers -- Chad Reineke, 43, and Janicka Luschen, 10. All are from Yankton.


The fourth occupant, a 12-year-old female, was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where she remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. She is also from Yankton.


All four occupants of the Sentra were wearing seatbelts.


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.