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Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash


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Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Valley Avenue

              Two miles south of Browns Valley, S.D.

When:   2:55 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, 2019


Driver No. 1: Leanne Heminger, 35, Sisseton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passengers: Sasha Owen, 27, Sisseton, S.D., Life-threatening Injuries

                      Jeremiah Rodlund, 20, Sisseton, S.D., Life-threatening Injuries

                      Amber Rodlund, 36, Sioux Falls, S.D., Life-threatening Injuries
Vehicle: 2012 Toyota RAV4


Driver No. 2: Curtis Ceroll, 37, Sisseton, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2000 Kenworth W900 Semi


BROWNS VALLEY, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Browns Valley.


A 2012 Toyota RAV4 was southbound on Valley Avenue traveling around a curve when it drifted across the center and collided head-on with a northbound 2000 Kenworth W900 semi-truck.


The Toyota went into the west ditch and rolled. The driver, 35-year-old Leanne Heminger, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt. 


All three passengers, ages 36, 27 and 20, sustained life-threatening injuries. Two of the passengers, 20-year-old Jeremiah Rodlund of Sisseton and 36-year-old Amber Rodlund of Sioux Falls. were transported to Sioux Falls. The other occupant,. 27-year-old Sasha Owen of Sisseton, was transported to Fargo, N.D. Seatbelt use by the three passengers is under investigation.


The 37-year-old male driver of the semi-truck received minor injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


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.