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Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, March 21, 2021

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


Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 85/East Colorado Boulevard

              Outside of city limits, Spearfish, S.D.

When:   1:16 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Driver No. 1: Mary Keats, 68, Belle Fourche, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Buick LaCrosse


Driver No. 2: Barbara Bentz, 78, Belle Fourche, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Mercury Montego


SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D., woman died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash just outside the city limits of Spearfish.


Preliminary crash information indicates a 2006 Buick LaCrosse was crossing U.S. Highway 85 from St. Onge Road to East Colorado Boulevard. It collided in the intersection with a 2006 Mercury Montego which was northbound on U.S. Highway 85.


Mary Keats, the 68-year-old driver of the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene. Barbara Bentz of Belle Fourche, the 78-year-old driver of the Mercury, was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.


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.