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Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 8, 2020

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


Pennington County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 44, mile marker 92

              Four miles east of Scenic, S.D.

When:   9:41 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2020


Driver:            Male, 28, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers:  Female, 29, Fatal Injuries

                       Female, 1, Minor Injuries

                       Male, 2, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevy Impala


SCENIC, S.D. – One person died and three others were injured in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic.


Names of those involved have not yet been released pending notification of family members.


A 2006 Chevy Impala was traveling westbound on South Dakota Highway 44 when the driver failed to negotiate a left curve. The vehicle went off the roadway to the right and rolled.


A 29-year-old female passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 28-year-old male driver, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital. Two children, who were in separate car seats, received minor 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.