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Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Jan. 13,2020

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


Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 20, mile marker 394

              One-half mile west of Watertown, S.D.

When:   5:22 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019


Driver No. 1: Ronald Olson, 56, Waubay, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Renee Olson, 54, Waubay, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 GMC Yukon


Driver No. 2: Kaden Larsen, 17, Watertown, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Highlander


WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Waubay, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Watertown.


A 2002 Toyota Highlander was westbound on South Dakota Highway 20 when it collided head on with an eastbound 2001 GMC Yukon. It appears the Highlander crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane.


Both occupants of the Yukon had to be extricated from the vehicle. Ronald Olson, the 56-year-old driver, died from his injuries. Renee Olson, the 54-year-old passenger, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. Both are from Waubay, S.D.


Kaden Larsen of Watertown, who was the 17-year-old driver of the Highlander, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital.


It is unknown whether either driver was wearing a seat belt. The female passenger was wearing a seat belt.


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.