One injured in rear-end crash near west Mitchell

An officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol investigates a vehicle involved in an injury-accident crash along 252nd Street about three miles west of Mitchell on Thursday morning. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A 48-year-old White Lake woman sustained minor injuries Thursday morning in a two vehicle crash about 2 miles west of Mitchell.

While the driver of a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup was broken down on the side of the road on 252nd Street with the hazard lights on, Michelle Fredericksen, of White Lake, rear-ended the pickup, resulting in her ending up in the ditch.

According to Tony Mangan, spokesman for the state Highway Patrol, Fredericksen was driving a 2012 Honda Accord, traveling westbound along 252nd Street when she rear-ended the two passengers in the broken down pickup. The 64-year-old male driver and the 59-year-old male passenger were not on scene at the time of the crash.

Fredericksen was reportedly wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and was transported to Avera Queen of Peace hospital in Mitchell by way of a private party. Charges are pending.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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