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Names Released In Clark County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 9, 2020

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


Names Released In Clark County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  Intersection of U.S. Highway 212 and 428th Avenue

              Six miles east of Clark, S.D.

When:   10:47 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020


Driver No 1:  Nancy Berendes, 47, Doland, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Male, 15, Doland, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Town and County Chrysler Van


Driver No. 2: Kianna Gause, 24, Norcross, GA, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2016 International TR Semi Truck and Trailer



CLARK, S.D. – A Doland, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred late Sunday night east of Clark.


A 2016 International TR Semi Truck and Trailer was making a left turn onto U.S. Highway 212 from 428th Avenue to go east. A 2007 Town and Country Chrysler van, which was westbound on U.S. Highway 212, collided with the semi truck.


Nancy Berendes, the 47-year-old driver of the van, had to be extricated from the vehicle and later died of her injuries at the Watertown hospital. She was wearing a seat belt.


A 15-year-old male passenger was taken to the Watertown hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.


Kianna Gause of Norcross, GA was the 24-year-old female driver of the semi truck. She was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.


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.