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Woonsocket woman identified as victim in Aug. 4 fatal SUV-dump truck crash

One was killed and five others were injured in the crash.

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WOONSOCKET, S.D. — A Woonsocket woman has been identified as the person who died Thursday, Aug. 4, in a two-vehicle crash southwest of Woonsocket.

Karen Kogel, a 70-year-old female passenger in a 2015 Toyota Rav4, was pronounced dead at the scene. David Kogel, the 72-year-old driver of the Toyota and also of Woonsocket, sustained life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Aug. 4, authorities in Jerauld County were called to the intersection of 230th Street and 393rd Avenue, roughly six miles south of Woonsocket, for a crash. Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that the Rav4 was westbound on 230th Street when the driver failed to yield for a yield sign.

In the intersection with 393rd Avenue, the Rav4 collided with a southbound 2003 Sterling Dump Truck, which was headed southbound.

As a result of the crash, the dump truck entered the west ditch and rolled.

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Three other passengers of the Toyota — a 2-year-old girl, 8-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl — received minor injuries.

Tanner Grohs, 45, of Wessington Springs, was the driver of the dump truck. He suffered minor injuries.

All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

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