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Names Released In Faulk County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021

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


Names Released In Faulk County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  S.D. Highway 20, mile marker 276

              20 miles east of Hoven, S.D.

When:   11:33 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021


Driver No. 1: Gary Rausch, 62, Onaka, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2017 Honda Pioneer ATV


Driver No. 2: Jimmi Lawrence, 26, Eagle Butte, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2020 Ford Explorer


HOVEN, S.D. – A 62-year-old Onaka, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash that occurred east of Hoven.


Preliminary crash information indicates that both vehicles were eastbound on South Dakota Highway 20. A 2020 Ford Explorer struck the rear of a 2017 Honda Pioneer ATV. The ATV went into the south ditch and rolled over.


Gary Rausch, who was driving the ATV, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Jimmi Lawrence of Eagle, Butte, S.D., the 26-year-old female driver of the Ford, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.


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.