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Driver extracted, faces charges after three-vehicle crash on Highway 37

Three people were injured following a three-vehicle crash Monday evening on South Dakota Highway 37 about a half-mile south of Mitchell. Two juveniles were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. One of those juveniles was the driver o...

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Three people were injured following a three-vehicle crash Monday evening on South Dakota Highway 37 about a half-mile south of Mitchell.

Two juveniles were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. One of those juveniles was the driver of a 1993 Chevy pickup and was extracted from the vehicle following its rollover. Kody Konechne, 17, of Plankinton, was cited for careless driving, according to Davison County Deputy Sheriff Steve Harr. The investigation, Harr said, concluded that Konechne was talking on a cellphone at the time of the crash.

A 16-year-old passenger in the Chevy pickup sustained a head injury. That person was also transported to the hospital via ambulance and later brought to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Authorities said the crash occurred when a vehicle was stopped waiting to turn west off Highway 37 onto Carl Road. Two other vehicles, a 2014 Ford F-350 and a 2019 Jeep Cherokee, were stopped waiting for the first vehicle to turn.

The 1993 Chevy pickup was northbound on Highway 37 and didn’t see traffic was stopped in front of it. The driver of the F-350 noticed and tried to pull out of the way, moving into the southbound traffic lane. Harr said Konechne then saw the stopped traffic and hit the brakes 20 feet before the site of the collision.

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The vehicle swerved to the east, toward the shoulder of the road, and then struck the rear-passenger side of the F-350. The Chevy pickup flipped upside down into the east ditch and was partially submerged in water. The crash caused the F-350 to push forward into the Jeep, the 48-year-old female driver of which sustained injuries. She was also transported to the hospital.

Harr said the Chevy pickup was totaled and the F-350 sustained extensive damage.

The drivers of the F-350 and the Jeep were both wearing seat belts.

Authorities were on scene for about one hour. Mitchell Fire/EMS and the Davison County Sheriff’s Office responded.

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