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Mitchell man injured after driving into Vern Eide GM and 3 parked vehicles

A Mitchell man was injured when he crashed into Vern Eide GM on Tuesday, drove onto the sidewalk and damaged three parked cars. Robert Speelman, 82, was driving southbound on Kimball Street when he crossed First Avenue and struck the Vern Eide bu...

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Authorities respond to a crash on Tuesday north of Vern Eide GM. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

A Mitchell man was injured when he crashed into Vern Eide GM on Tuesday, drove onto the sidewalk and damaged three parked cars.

Robert Speelman, 82, was driving southbound on Kimball Street when he crossed First Avenue and struck the Vern Eide building, according to the Mitchell Police Division. The cause of the 10:30 a.m. crash is still under investigation.

After crashing into Vern Eide, which sustained damage to one of its windows, the 2008 Ford Edge Speelman was driving crashed into a 2009 GMC Acadia, with both vehicles sustaining heavy damage. The three parked cars were located in the Vern Eide lot, but the Acadia was not owned by Vern Eide.

The crash caused a domino effect, in which the Acadia hit a 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche, which hit a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. The Avalanche sustained heavy front-edge damage, while the Equinox sustained some front-passenger side damage.

Speelman was transferred to Avera Queen of Peace by Mitchell Emergency Medical Services, and the extent of the injuries were unknown Tuesday afternoon. People near the parked vehicles were not injured.

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