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Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Dec. 21, 2020

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196


Names Released In Turner County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Near the intersection of 298th Street and 459th Avenue

              Four miles northeast of Viborg, S.D.

When:   7:38 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020


Driver: Mary Nelson, 75, Viborg, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Warren Nelson, 75, Viborg, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2020 Chevrolet Equinox


VIBORG, S.D. – A Viborg, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash near Viborg.


A 2020 Chevrolet Equinox was westbound on 459th Avenue when the driver lost control. The vehicle went off the roadway, entered the north ditch and rolled.


Mary Nelson, the 75-year-old driver, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. She later died as a result of her injuries.


Warren Nelson of Viborg, who was the 75-year-old passenger, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the Viborg hospital.


Both occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


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.