Two women escape moped-SUV crash with minor injuries

Local authorities respond to the crash involving a moped that took place at around 5 p.m. Monday on the corner of East First Avenue and North Mentzer Street. (Sam Fosness /Republic)

Two women sustained minor injuries following a Monday evening crash involving a moped and Jeep Grand Cherokee on the corner of First Avenue and North Mentzer Street in Mitchell.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., local authorities were dispatched to the scene of the crash, after 64-year-old Diane Lawrence, of Mitchell, was thrown from off her moped at the 100 block of North Mentzer Street, near Longfellow Elementary School, according to Mitchell Police Officer John Badker.

Deanne Larson, of Mitchell, was driving her 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and turned onto North Mentzer Street, striking the front tire of the moped. According to Badker, Lawrence was stopped at the stop sign on the corner of East First Avenue and North Mentzer Street when the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was unable to see the moped. The minor collision caused Lawrence to tip over onto the street, but the Mitchell woman escaped the crash with minor injuries.

Lawrence received medical attention for the scrapes, but she chose not to be transported to the hospital. The Jeep and the moped both underwent minor damages.

According to Badker, the Mitchell Police Division and Fire Department were the first responders at the scene of the crash. Charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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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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