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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.

                                             

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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.