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Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

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

 

Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash

 

WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 19 and 280th Avenue

              Three miles north of Hurley, S.D.

When:   7:34 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31, 2020

 

Driver No 1: Dennis White, 47, Irene, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Michelle Sorlien, 43, Menno, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2002 Chrysler Town and Country

 

Driver No. 2: Dennis Schrock, 71, Freeman, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2011 Chrysler Town and Country

 

HURLEY, S.D. – A Freeman, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash north of Hurley.

 

A 2011 Chrysler Town and Country was westbound on 280th Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 19 and 280th Avenue. The vehicle collided with a 2002 Chrysler Town and Country which was southbound on South Dakota Highway 19.

 

Dennis Schrock, the 71-year-old driver of the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

 

Michelle Sorlien of Menno was the 43-year-old  passenger in the 2002 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle. She suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital. Dennis White , 47, of Irene was the driver of that vehicle. He sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.

 

All those involved were wearing seat belts.

 

South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this time.

 

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

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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.