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2 from Eagle Butte dead in crash at Mobridge casino

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MOBRIDGE (AP) — Two people from Eagle Butte are dead following a crash at the entrance of the Grand River Casino in northern South Dakota.

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Authorities on Sunday said 71-year-old Kaisagarr Tavia-Fiatoa was exiting the casino's parking lot when he turned west onto U.S. Highway 12 into the path of a Chevrolet pickup truck heading east.

Tavia-Fiatoa's vehicle came to rest in the north ditch, while the pickup entered the north ditch, went through a fence and came to rest in a pasture.

Authorities say Tavia-Fiatoa and passenger 61-year-old Alma Tavia-Fiatoa were ejected from their GMC Sierra and died at the scene. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Seventy-three-year-old Edward Schweitzer was driving the Chevrolet pickup. The Mobridge man suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.

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