It’s been a deadly holiday week on South Dakota roadways.
A 16-year-old male died Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of New Holland. He was the only person involved in the crash. Troopers say he was driving a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner about two miles south of New Holland, South Dakota and was eastbound on a county road, approached an intersection and lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road. The vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled ejecting the teenage driver who was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead on-scene.
A 17-year-old male driver died in a Friday Afternoon Crash north of Hurley, South Dakota. Authorities says a 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe was southbound on South Dakota Highway 19 and was approaching an intersection when a 2002 Ford Taurus, travelling eastbound on 280th Street and failed to stop at the intersection. The vehicle entered the intersection and collided with the Hyundai. The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. His seat belt use is under investigation. Sustaining minor injuries was the 21-year-old female driver of the Hyundai. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not transported to the hospital.
A 37-year-old male died late Friday night in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred north of Hot Springs. A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was northbound on U.S. Highway 385 when it collided with a southbound 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle which was traveling in the northbound lane. The 37-year-old male driver of the motorcycle, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
The 29-year-old male driver of the Grand Prix suffered serious non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital. Three juvenile passengers each suffered minor injuries. All four vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts.
One person died early Saturday morning in a vehicle-pedestrian crash west of Winner. A 2018 Mazda3 was eastbound on U.S. Highway 18 when the vehicle struck a male pedestrian walking on the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Charges are pending against the 38-year-old male driver of the vehicle. Neither he nor the 42-year-old female passenger were injured.
None of the driver or passenger information has been released by the Highway Patrol in any of these crashes.
They all remain under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.