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Names Released in Dewey County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648


Names Released in Dewey County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 212, mile marker 178

              One quarter of a mile west of Ridgeview, S.D.

When:  9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019


Driver No. 1: Roger Allen, 61, Mission, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passengers: Thaddeus Allen, 16, Mission, S.D.,  Minor Injuries
Vehicle: 1994 Ford F350 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Brett Watson, 45, Emporia, KS, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Peterbilt Semi-truck


RIDGEVIEW, S.D. – A 61-year-old Mission, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Ridgeview.


A Peterbilt semi-truck pulling an empty grain trailer was westbound on U.S Highway 212 and preparing to turn left when it was struck by a westbound 1994 Ford F350 pickup. The pickup slid into the north ditch and rolled.


Roger Allen, who was the pickup driver, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.  Thaddeus Allen of Mission, S.D., the 16-year-old passenger in the pickup, received minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt and was transported to a clinic in Eagle Butte.


Brett Watson, 45, of Emporia, KS, was driving the semi-truck. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.


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.