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Names Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

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





Names Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  Near intersection of 252nd Street and 428th Avenue

              Four miles northeast of Farmer, S.D.

When:   4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022


Driver: Donna Ratliff, 50, Salem, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Summer Ratliff, 24, Salem, S.D., Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Dodge 1500 Pickup


FARMER, S.D. –  A Salem, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Farmer.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2004 Dodge pickup was westbound on 252nd Street near 428th Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle on loose gravel. The vehicle went into the north ditch and rolled.


Donna Ratliff, the 50-year-old driver, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Summer Ratliff of Salem, S.D., the 24-year-old female passenger, was partially ejected from the vehicle. She suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital. Neither person 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.