Child from Pierre identified in fatal crash

PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – A 4-year-old male from Pierre has been identified as the person who died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday night east of Pierre.

A 2000 Nissan Maxima was northbound on West Bend Road when it left the roadway, went into the east ditch and rolled. Two of the three occupants were ejected from the vehicle. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

One passenger, Evrik Plenty Chief, was pronounced dead at the Pierre hospital. The female driver, 24-year-old Emerald Plenty Chief of Pierre, and the second male passenger, 19-year-old Dakota Abraham of Harrold, were both treated at the Pierre hospital after suffering serious non-life threatening injuries.

Charges are pending against the driver.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.

The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.