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Name Released In Custer County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 3, 2021

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


Name Released In Custer County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 89, mile marker 41

              Five miles south of Pringle, S.D.

When:   9 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Driver: John Karlowitsch, Jr., Custer, S.D., 67, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickup


PRINGLE, S.D. – A Custer, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash south of Pringle.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup was southbound on U.S. Highway 89 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went off the roadway and rolled.


John Karlowitsch, Jr., the driver, was not wearing a seat belt. He was thrown from the pickup and was pronounced dead at the scene.


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.