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Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020

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


Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Near intersection of Galaxy Place and 218th Street

              Eight miles east of Piedmont, S.D.

When:   7:42 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020


Driver: Matthew Pietz, 36, Rapid City, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Passenger: Thomas Anderson, Jr., Rapid City, S.D., 40, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1997 GMC Pickup


PIEDMONT, S.D. – A Rapid City, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Tuesday night in an one-vehicle crash east of Piedmont.


A 1997 GMC pickup was northbound on Galaxy Road near the intersection of 218th Street when the driver lost control on the snow and ice-covered road. The vehicle left the roadway and eventually rolled.


Thomas Anderson, Jr., was the 40-year-old passenger. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.


Matthew Pietz, 36, of Rapid City, S.D. He received life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Rapid City hospital. It is unknown at this time whether he 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.