Text messaging leads to crash in MitchellA 23-year-old Hartford man was texting when he caused a three-vehicle crash causing thousands of dollars in damage.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
Several police officers and other emergency personnel responded to a three-vehicle accident on Havens Avenue a few yards short of Burr Street just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A second accident, involving two vehicles, took place at nearly the same time on Burr just south of the intersection. No one was seriously injured in either accident, according to police, but two people were transferred to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital from the Havens crash.
Kevin Calsbeek, 23, of Hartford, was driving east on Havens when his vehicle collided with a vehicle waiting at a red light at the intersection of Havens and Davison Street.
Calsbeek had been sending a text message while driving under the posted speed limit, but still caused $2,000 worth of damage to his Chevy Impala when it crashed into William Appel’s car.
Appel, 64, Browns Valley, Minn., and his passenger, Robert Johnston, 64, Rapid City, were both transported to Queen of Peace for non-life threatening injuries. Appel’s vehicle sustained $5,500 in damage.
Marni Gukeisen’s SUV was a third vehicle hit in the event, sustaining $2,000 in damage.
Calsbeek was cited for careless driving.
Amy Hanselman, 39, Mitchell, was driving south on Burr in her Buick Regal when Laddie Schuh, 65, Tyndall, attempted a left-hand turn and collided with Hanselman’s vehicle. Schuh’s Chevy Blazer and Hanselman’s Regal each sustained $2,000 in damage. Schuh was cited for failing to yield after a stop.
Speed and alcohol were not factors in either of the crashes.