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Names Released In Buffalo County Fatal Crash



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Aug. 2, 2021

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


Names Released In Buffalo County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  349th Avenue

              14 miles northeast of Fort Thompson, S.D.

When:   7:33 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021


Driver No. 1: Randa Haak, 17, Gann Valley, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Equinox


Driver No. 2: Jerome Konechne, 78, Kimball, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Darrel Sauder, 77, Rapid City, S.D., Minor Injuries

                      Daniel Knippling, 68, Kimball, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2018 Dodge Ram Pickup


FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – A Gann Valley, S.D. female has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash that occurred northeast of Fort Thompson.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2009 Chevrolet Equinox was northbound on 349th Avenue and a 2018 Dodge Ram Pickup was southbound on 349th Avenue. The two vehicles collided on top of a hill crest.


Randa Haak, the driver of the Chevrolet, was transferred by ambulance to the Chamberlain hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was wearing a seat belt.


All three male occupants of the pickup also were injured. Jerome Konechne of Kimball, S.D., the 78-year-old driver, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries, and Darrell Sauder, the 77-year-old passenger from Rapid City, S.D., sustained minor injuries. Both were wearing seat belts and both were transferred to the Chamberlain hospital.


Daniel Knippling, 68, of Kimball, was the third pickup occupant and received life-threatening injuries. He was first taken to the Wessington Springs hospital and then transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt.


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.