Charges pending against driver involved in I-90 accident - KOTA Territory News

Charges pending against driver involved in I-90 accident


(Wednesday Update)

Charges are pending against a driver involved Tuesday's accident on Interstate 90 at Black Hawk. 
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 33-year-old Shawn Henry Speirs faces a lane change violation or more after an accident that killed one person and sent six others to the hospital.

Spears was driving a van with five passengers to the VA Medical Center in Sturgis. 
One of the passengers, 46-year-old Kristian Sateren of Sturgis was pronounced dead at the scene. 
Patrol Captain Kevin Karley says they are still interviewing witnesses and examining evidence from the crash. Exact charges - if any - are to be determined.

(Tuesday Update)

A Sturgis man was killed in a two-car crash near Exit 55 on Interstate 90 Tuesday afternoon in Rapid City.

He's been identified as 46-year-old Kristian Sateren. Sateren was a passenger in a Disabled American Veteran shuttle van driven by 33-year-old Shawn Henry Speirs of Hill City. 

Police say the DAV van was headed east in the driving lane and as Speirs attempted to change lanes, he collided with a car in the same lane. The van then went into the median and rolled.  Sateren, who may not have been wearing a seatbelt according to police, was thrown from the van and died on the scene.

The car that Speirs hit, driven by 58-year-old Gail Yvonne Rentz of Spearfish, went off the highway and down an embankment and rolled.  Rentz has minor injuries.

Speirs, as well as four other DAV van passengers, have serious injuries.  All were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.  They are:  Mark Cline, 46; Raphael Washington, 49; Samuel Lewis, 57; and Burns Landrum, 46; all of Rapid City.

No further information is immediately available.  The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.

Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Summerset Police Department, Blackhawk Fire Department and Rapid City Fire Department assisted.

Here's the original story:

A late afternoon, multi-vehicle accident kills one and injures 6 just west of Exit 55 on Interstate 90, between Rapid City and Black Hawk.

One of the vehicles involved was a passenger mini-van operated by Disabled American Veterans. Initial reports indicate two people were ejected from the van, with one dying on the scene. Six others suffered serious to critical injuries, and were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

The driver of the other vehicle, a passenger car, was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Westbound traffic was diverted at Exit 55 for a time this afternoon, but travel has returned to normal.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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