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Name Released In Edmunds County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 28, 2022

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



 Name Released In Edmunds County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 45, mile marker 168

              10 miles south of Ipswich, S.D.

When:    3:47 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022


Driver: Michael Rothacker, Sr., 53, Redfield, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fusion



IPSWICH, S.D. –  A 53-year-old Redfield man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Ipswich.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2013 Ford Fusion was northbound on SD Highway 45 when the vehicle rolled into the west ditch and eventually started on fire.


Michael Rothacker, Sr., who was the driver and only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Seatbelt use has not yet been determined.


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.