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Names Released In Moody County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

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


 Names Released In Moody County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Crash

Where:  Interstate 29, mile marker 114

              Eight miles west of Flandreau, S.D.

When:   9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 24, 2022


Driver: Johannes Hofer, 19, Sioux Falls, S.D., No Injuries

Passengers: Jerome Waldner, 18, Sioux Falls, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                     Lucas Decker, 42, Sioux Falls, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup


Driver: Pat Mitchel, 75, White, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Doris Mitchel, 76, White, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2006 Nissan Murano



FLANDREAU, S.D. –  A White, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Monday morning west of Flandreau.  


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, pulling an enclosed trailer, was northbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle hit a patch of ice. The vehicle and trailer slid through the median and collided with a 2006 Nissan Murano, that was southbound on Interstate 29.


Pat Mitchel, the 75-year-old driver of the Nissan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 76-year-old female passenger sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. Both were wearing seat belts.


Two male passengers in the pickup were injured. One passenger, 18, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. The other passenger, 42, received minor injuries and was taken to the Flandreau hospital. Johannes Hofer of Sioux Falls, the 19-year-old male driver from Sioux Falls, was not injured. Seat belt use for all three pickup occupants is under investigation.


Both I-29 southbound lanes were closed to traffic for several hours.


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.