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Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

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


Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 42, mile marker 353

              One mile west of Wall Lake, S.D.

When:   11:25 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020


Driver No 1: Charles Puthoff, 59, Sioux Falls, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2016 Dodge Ram Pickup


Driver No. 2: Michael Williams, 24, Sioux Falls, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup


WALL LAKE, S.D. – Two Sioux Falls men have  been identified as those who died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Wall Lake.


A 2016 Dodge Ram pickup, pulling a flatbed trailer with a small tractor on it, was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 42 when it had a front-end collision with a westbound 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup.  Each vehicle started on fire.


Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Charles Puthoff, 59, was the driver of the Dodge Ram pickup. Michael Williams, 24, was driving the GMC Sierra pickup. Seat belt use by both drivers is under investigation.


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.