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Names Released In Day County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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


Names Released In Day County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 12, mile marker 349

              2 ½  miles west of Waubay, S.D.

When:   10:18 a.m., Friday, March 26, 2021


Driver No. 1: Cynthia Elledge, 61, Dayton, MN, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Lincoln MKZ Sedan


Driver No. 2: James Maher, 60, Timber Lake, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2021 Peterbilt 389 Semi-truck and trailer


WAUBAY, S.D. – A Dayton, MN woman has been identified as the person who died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Waubay.


Preliminary crash information indicates a 2007 Lincoln MKZ Sedan was westbound on Highway 12 when it crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound 2021 Peterbilt 389 semi-truck and trailer.


Cynthia Elledge, 61, was the driver of the Lincoln. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


James Maher, 60, of Timber Lake, S.D., was the driver of the semi-truck. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Webster hospital.


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.