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Alexandria teen dies in Saturday morning crash

Authorities say an Alexandria native died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning. Dylan Mentele, 18, was ejected from a 2011 GMC Sierra that was driven off the roadway at approximately 3:55 a.m. Saturday morning. Mentele died at the scene. Autho...

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Authorities say an Alexandria native died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning.

Dylan Mentele, 18, was ejected from a 2011 GMC Sierra that was driven off the roadway at approximately 3:55 a.m. Saturday morning. Mentele died at the scene.

Authorities say a 17-year-old female passenger who sustained life-threatening injuries is from Mitchell. The Mitchell teenager was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following the crash.

The vehicle was driven by 18-year-old Tate Thompson, of Ethan. Thompson was driving eastbound toward the intersection of 258th Street and 409th Avenue in rural Davison County when he failed to negotiate a curve and went into the south ditch. Charges are pending against Thompson, who sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Two more passengers, 18-year-old William Langstraat, of Stickney, and 18-year-old Justin Roster, of Alexandria, were also passengers involved in the crash. Both Langstraat and Roster sustained minor injuries.

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The crash is currently under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Other agencies who arrived to the scene include the Davison County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell Emergency Management Services, Davison County Search and Rescue and the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

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