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Names Released In Hughes County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 30, 2020

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


Names Released In Hughes County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  West Bend Road

              38 miles east of Pierre, S.D.

When:   8:45 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2020


Driver:           Emerald Plenty Chief, 24, Pierre, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers:   Dakota Abraham, 19, Harrold, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                       Evrik Plenty Chief, 4, Pierre, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2000 Nissan Maxima


PIERRE, S.D. – A four-year-old male from Pierre has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night east of Pierre.


A 2000 Nissan Maxima was northbound on West Bend Road when it left the roadway, went into the east ditch and rolled. Two of the three occupants were ejected from the vehicle. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.


One passenger, Evrik Plenty Chief, was pronounced dead at the Pierre hospital. The female driver, 24-year-old Emerald Plenty Chief of Pierre, and the second male passenger, 19-year-old Dakota Abraham of Harrold, were both treated at the Pierre hospital after suffering serious non-life threatening injuries.


Charges are pending against the driver.


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.