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Names Released In Jones County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 14, 2022

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



 Names Released In Jones County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  Interstate 90, mile marker 209

              17 miles east of Murdo, S.D.

When:   6:12 a.m., Sunday, July 3, 2022


Driver: Joshua Trojan, Waterford, 21, Waterford, Mich., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Passengers: Helena Cortes, 20, Clarkson, Mich., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2011 Ford Edge SUV



MURDO, S.D. –  A Clarkson, Mich., woman has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash on Sunday, July 3, 2022 east of Murdo.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2011 Ford Edge SUV was westbound on Interstate 90 when it left the roadway to the left, went into the ditch and eventually rolled.


Helena Cortes, the 20-year-old passenger, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Her seatbelt use is under investigation.


Joshua Trojan, the 21-year-old male driver from Waterford, Mich., sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Pierre hospital.  He was wearing a seatbelt.


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.