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Names Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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


Names Released In Haakon County Fatal Crash


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What:    Two-vehicle fatal crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 14, mile marker 154

              Nine miles east of Philip, S.D.

When:   12:38 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2019


Driver No. 1: Julio Vasquez-Rodriguez, 32, Blunt, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries:

Passengers: Norma Marroquin-Ruiz, 36, Blunt, S.D., Fatal Injuries

                      Male, 9, Blunt, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                      Female, 12, Blunt, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries  

Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Silverado


Driver No. 2: Nicole Young, 30, Pierre, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Ford Edge


PHILIP, S.D. – A Blunt, S.D., woman has been identified as the victim in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon east of Philip.


A 2007 Ford Edge, pulling a boat on a trailer, was westbound on U.S. Highway 14 when it slowed down in an attempt to pull into a driveway. A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, which was also westbound, attempted to pass the first vehicle. The two vehicles collided. The Silverado tipped and rolled, eventually landing on its roof.


There were four passengers in the Silverado. Norma Marroquin-Ruiz, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, her husband, 32-year-old Julio Vasquez-Rodriguez, and two children who were passengers, a 12-yer-old female and a nine-year-old male, all received serious non-life threatening injuries. They were transported to the Philip hospital. All were from Blunt.


Nicole Young of Pierre was the 30-year-old female driver of the Ford Edge. She was not injured.


All of the people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts. That section of U.S. Highway 14 was closed to traffic for a time.


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.