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Names Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, June 29,, 2019

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


 Names Released In Brookings County Fatal Crash


What:    Two Vehicle Crash

Where:  S.D. Highway 13, mile marker 124

              Two miles west of Elkton, S.D.

When:   4:30 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2019


Driver No. 1: Robert Rochel, 69, Elkton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Ford F150 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Gerrit Slegers, 69, Benton, MN, No Injuries

Vehicle: 1998 Ford Conventional Semi



ELKTON, S.D. – An Elkton, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Elkton. .


A 2004 Ford F150 pickup was westbound when it made a U-turn at the intersection of 484th Avenue and South Dakota Highway 13. As the vehicle was going east on SD Highway 13, it crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and into the path of a 1998 Ford Conventional semi truck and pup trailer loaded with gravel. The pickup collided with the pup trailer and then went into the north ditch.


Robert Rochel, the 69-year-old driver of the pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.


Gerrit Slegers, 69, Benton, MN, was driving the semi truck. He was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.


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.