(SD)-Sat Crash On Reservation Kills 5, Injures 4
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - The FBI says 5 people were killed, 4 of them children ranging in age from 4 to 13, and 4 others injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday night on the extreme northwestern side of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation about 10 miles south of Red Shirt.
In a release, the FBI says 19-year old Wallace Little lost control of the minivan and it rolled into a roadside ditch.
Killed were 66-year old Wanda Sires, 13-year old Jeremy Little, 10-year old Mato Sires, 10-year old Jenhae Swift Eagle, and 4-year old Winya Wastewin Decory.
Wallace Little survived and was taken to a hospital as were 12-year old Mila Sires, 9-year old Niomi Little, and 2-year old Elsa Decory. The FBI has not said how any of the 9 were related to each other.
The FBI is leading the investigation because the accident occurred on the reservation, and is focusing on whether any criminal conduct caused the accident and the deaths. The Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, and other public safety officials are assisting the investigation.
This is the second 5 fatality accident on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 6 weeks. On May 27, a vehicle crossed the center line on Highway 44 about 5 miles west of Wanblee collided head-on with a semi. The only survivor from that vehicle was a 16-month old child.
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