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Names Released In Hamlin County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 14, 2021

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


Names Released In Hamlin County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 81

              Ten miles south of Watertown

When:   11:42 a.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Driver No. 1: Cyra Schaefer, 30, Mobridge, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevy Impala


Driver No. 2: Frankie McCrary, 59, Lake Norden, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2012 Dodge Charger


WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Mobridge, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Watertown.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Chevy Impala was northbound on U.S. Highway 81 when the driver lost control, entered the southbound lane and collided with a 2012 Dodge Charger.


Both drivers, who were wearing seat belts, were taken by ambulance to the Watertown hospital. Cyra Schaefer, the 30-year-old driver of the Chevy Impala, later died as result of her injuries. Frankie McCrary of Lake Norden, S.D., the 59-year-old male driver of the Dodge Charger, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries.


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.