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Tripp County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 7, 2022

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196



 Tripp County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 18, mile marker 264

              One mile east of Colome, S.D.

When:   7:45 a.m., Sunday, July 3, 2022


Driver No. 1: Kyle Larson, Duchess, Alberta, Canada, 45, Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers:  Darsey Larson, Duchess, Alberta, Canada, , 40, Fatal Injuries

                      Koye Larson, Duchess, Alberta, Canada, 14, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Justin Hurtado, 33, Winner, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers:   Veronica Hurtado, 32, Winner, S.D.,  Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                       Leonard Boyer, 36, Colome, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

                       Male, 17, Tripp, S.D., Minor Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 Ford F-150 Pickup


COLOME, S.D. –  Two people from Duchess, Alberta, Canada have been identified as those who died Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash east of Colome. Five other people were injured.


Preliminary crash information indicates a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup was westbound on U.S. Highway 18 when it crossed the centerline and collided head on with an eastbound 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 pickup pulling a cattle trailer.


Two occupants in the GMC pickup died as a result of their injuries. Darsey Larson, a 40-year-old female passenger, died at the Winner hospital while Koye Larson, a 14-year-old male passenger, was pronounced dead at the Gregory hospital. Kyle Larson of Duchess, Alberta, Canada, the 45-year-old male driver, suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. All three occupants were wearing seat belts.


Three of the four occupants of the Ford pickup sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and all three were transported to Sioux Falls hospitals. All but the female passenger were wearing seat belts. Charges are pending against the driver, 33-year-old Justin Hurtado of Winner.


That section of U.S. Highway 18 was closed to traffic for about seven hours.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


The Highway Patrol is an agency 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.