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Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, June 20, 2021

Contact: Tony Mangan, 605-280-5648


Names Released In Butte County Fatal Crash


WHAT: Three-Vehicle Crash

WHERE: U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 54

                Within the city limits of Belle Fourche, S.D.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Driver No. 1: Justin Martin, 43, Belle Fourche, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier


Driver No. 2: Benjamin Timmerman, 30, Osmond, NE, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2015 Peterbilt Semi-truck and trailer


Driver No. 3: Cody Crago, 49, Belle Fourche, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2017 Ford F150 Pickup


BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. — A Belle Fourche, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash in Belle Fourche.


Preliminary information indicates that a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 in the inside driving lane when it crossed the turn lane and into the southbound lanes. The Cavalier sideswiped a southbound 2017 Ford F150 that was traveling in the inside driving lane. The Cavalier then crossed into the outside southbound lane and collided with a 2015 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer.


Justin Martin, the 43-year-old driver of the Cavalier, was pronounced dead at the scene.


The other two male drivers were not injured. Only the driver of the pickup was wearing a seat belt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. All information is preliminary at this time.


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.