2 killed, 1 critically injured after South Dakota police chase at speeds over 100 mph ends in crash
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified two people who were killed and another who was critically injured this week after a South Dakota police chase at speeds over 100 mph that ended with the fleeing vehicle crashing into a semi.
Yankton County Sheriff Preston Crissey said the chase began around 10 a.m. Wednesday when a driver refused to stop after a state trooper tried to halt their vehicle on state highway 50 outside Yankton.
Crissey said the red Chevrolet drove west erratically at high speeds before approaching several vehicles from the sheriff’s department and Yankton police that had set up on the highway near the Yankton city limits.
The fleeing vehicle struck a semitrailer truck and crashed. Two of the people in the vehicle died at the scene and the third person was rushed a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Their names and ages were not immediately released, the Yankton Press & Dakotan reported.
The highway was closed for several hours while authorities cleaned up the wreck.
Yankton Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles said it was frustrating trying to divert traffic around the crash because so many people tried to take videos of it on their phones.
“It was very frustrating. There were a lot of people who took out their cameras and started taking videos of the scene. This was nothing that needed to be out there (on social media),” Nickles said.
The two individuals who were declared dead on scene were 27-year-old Anna Selwyn and 26-year-old Gabriel Ortega, both from Sioux City, Iowa.
The 2006 red Chevy Cobalt was registered to Anna Selwyn.