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Names Released In Custer County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

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


Names Released In Custer County Fatal Crash


What:  Three-vehicle crash

Where:  Intersection of SD Highway 79 and SD Highway 36

              Within city limits of Hermosa, S.D.

When:   10:19 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020


Driver No 1: Jerry Ellerman, 67, Hermosa, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 1997 Toyota 4Runner


Driver No. 2: Susan Boyd, 56, Rapid City, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2009 Toyota Rav4 XLE


Driver No. 3: Dylan Von Waldron, Box Elder, S.D., 20, No Injuries

Vehicle: 1999 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup


HERMOSA, S.D. – A Hermosa, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a three-vehicle crash Friday morning in Hermosa.


A 1997 Toyota 4Runner was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 36 and stopped at the stop sign located at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 79.  The vehicle entered the intersection and turned to go north on Highway 79 where it collided with a southbound 2009 Toyota Rav4 XLE, which rolled. A southbound 1999 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup then struck both of the two other vehicles.


Jerry Ellerman, the 67-year-old driver of the 1997 Toyota 4Runner, was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.


Susan Boyd of Rapid City, the 56-year-old driver of the 2009 Toyota Rav4 XLE, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital. Dylan Von Waldron of Box Elder, 20, was the pickup driver and he was not injured.


All three drivers 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.




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.