Letcher teen named as victim in fatal crash near Parkston

South Dakota Highway Patrol will continue their investigation

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PARKSTON, S.D. – A 17-year-old Letcher juvenile has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash east of Parkston.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) named Kyle Hohn, a student at Sanborn Central High School, as the victim.

"Our condolences go out to the Hohn family for the loss of their son Kyle who passed away Thursday, January 27th," the Sanborn Central School District's daily announcements read.

Preliminary crash information provided by DPS indicates that a 2006 Chrysler Sebring was northbound on 417th Avenue when the driver swerved to miss a deer. The driver lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch, hit a tree and rolled.

The crash occurred at approximately 7:18 p.m. Thursday, about seven miles east of Parkston.


Hohn, a passenger in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at a Parkston hospital.

The driver, William Spader, 17, of Parkston, received minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. Charges are pending against Spader.

A visitation for Hohn will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Moose Lodge in Mitchell. A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Moose Lodge. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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