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Name Released In Clay County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

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


Name Released In Clay County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  One Vehicle Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 19, mile marker 15

              Eight miles north of Vermillion, S.D.

When:   Early morning, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020


Driver: Justin Montagne, 27, Akron, Iowa, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1999 Grand Jeep Cherokee


VERMILLION, S.D. – An Akron, Iowa man has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Vermillion.


A 1999 Grand Jeep Cherokee was southbound on South Dakota Highway 19 when the driver lost control. The vehicle entered the east ditch.


Justin Montagne, the 27-year-old driver, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. He was the only person involved in the crash.


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.