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Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

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


Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash


What:    Fatal Crash

Where:  Interstate 29, mile marker 114

              Seven miles west of Flandreau, S.D.

When:   10:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020


Driver No. 1: Kasper Malsam, 60, Renner, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Female, 11, Dell Rapids, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Thomas Sterzinger, 54, Taunton, MN, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2018 GMC Acadia SUV


BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Renner, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau.


A 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 pickup, pulling a trailer with a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) on it, was northbound on I-29 when the driver hit a patch of ice and lost control. The pickup entered the median, rolled and came to a final rest on its roof.


Kasper Malsam, 60, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle onto the interstate’s southbound lanes. He was struck by a southbound 2018 GMC Acadia SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene.


An 11-year-old female passenger, who was in the pickup, received minor injuries. Thomas Sterzinger of Taunton, MN, who was the 54-year-old male driver of the SUV, was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.


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.