Male, 19, ID'd in fatal crash near Tea; driver charged with vehicular homicide

FSA South Dakota SD brief

TEA — The 19-year-old male truck passenger who died Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover near Tea has been identified.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 273rd Street and 469th Avenue, 1 mile south of Tea in Lincoln County and about 5 miles southwest of Sioux Falls.

Brendan Hofer, 19, of Sioux Falls, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Corey Hofer, 19, of Tea, was driving the vehicle, a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. He has been charged by the Lincoln County State's Attorney's office, according to the Argus Leader, with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving under the influence and simple assault.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the truck was traveling on 273rd Street when the driver lost control, went into the south ditch and rolled. Corey Hofer and passenger Ryan Wipf, 18, of Sioux Falls, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Sioux Falls hospitals with minor injuries. Their seat belt use is under investigation.


The crash remains under investigation.

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