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Mitchell woman dies from injuries suffered in crash

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PLANKINTON -- A Mitchell woman has died from injuries she received during a two-vehicle crash Sept. 5 near Plankinton, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

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Shirley Marken, 78, of Mitchell, was the passenger in a 2002 Chevy Impala driven by Richard Marken, 79, of Mitchell. The Impala was traveling westbound on Old Highway 16 and approaching the intersection with U.S. Highway 281 east of Plankinton. After making the required stop, Marken drove into the intersection in front of a southbound 2006 International 9400i Eagle semi-truck driven by Jacob Sawatzky, 33, of Rosenfield, Manitoba, Canada. A collision occurred.

During the crash, Shirley Marken received life-threatening injuries and was transported to Avera Queen of Peace hospital in Mitchell before being airlifted to Avera McKennan hospital in Sioux Falls. The state Department of Public Safety reported that she died Monday from injuries sustained in the crash, but an obituary submitted to The Daily Republic said she died Sunday. Richard Marken received minor injuries. Both were wearing seat belts during the crash. Sawatzky was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

No further information was immediately available.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. The Aurora County Sheriff’s Office, Plankinton Volunteer Fire Department and a Mitchell ambulance crew assisted.

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