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Name Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022

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




Name Released In Hanson County Fatal Crash




What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  260th Street

              Three miles southwest of Alexandria, S.D.

When:   3:55 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2022


Driver: Florinda Mendez, 48, Sioux Falls, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Wrangler



ALEXANDRIA, S.D. –  A Sioux Falls, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Alexandria.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2014 Jeep Wrangler was westbound on 260th Street, just east of the intersection with 419th Avenue, when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the gravel road. The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled.


Florinda Mendez, the 48-year-old driver, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


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.