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Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 11, 2020

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


Names Released In 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:            Orrie Bettelyoun, 28, Batesland, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers:  Rae Whirlwind Horse, 29, Batesland, S.D., Fatal Injuries

                       Female, 1, Minor Injuries

                       Male, 2, Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevy Impala


SCENIC, S.D. – A 29-year-old woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Scenic.


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.


Rae Whirlwind Horse of Batesland, S.D., was a passenger in the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Orrie Bettleyoun of Batesland, who was the 28-year-old male driver, 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.