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(SD)-Rapid City Pedestrian Death Part Of Deadly SD Weekend

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/02/2018 11:35 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police say a man was struck and killed Sunday night while crossing a busy street. The name of the 38-year-old Rapid City resident has not been released.

    Police say he was killed about 8 p.m. while walking across the street outside of the crosswalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
      It was one of at least 4 weekend traffic deaths in South Dakota, including 2 others in the southwest part of the state, but no names have been released yet.

      The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the first occurred Friday morning just before 9:00 in Bennett County when a pickup ran into the rear of a semi on Highway 73.

     The male driver of the pickup, who was not wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated by emergency crews and was pronounced dead at the Bennett County Hospital. A 9-year old boy in the pickup and the 21-year old truck driver were both wearing seat belts and escaped serious injuries.

      The second fatal accident happened a little after 2:00 Saturday morning 20 miles north of Hill City on Highway 385 when a 48-year old woman alone in a pickup lost control, went off the road, down an embankment and rolled. She was not wearing a seat belt and died of her injuries.
 
       The fourth death was a University of Sioux Falls football player killed in a crash yesterday in Sioux Falls that left a teammate seriously injured.
 
     Head coach Jon Anderson says Courtney Beane was a junior wide receiver who had just transferred to the Christian liberal arts school, while the hospitalized player was junior defensive end Jared Brito. Anderson says team members are distraught and are praying for Brito's recovery.
 
    Sioux Falls police say Beane lost control of his car, hit a bridge guardrail head on, traveled down a levee embankment, and came to rest under the bridge. Brito was able to call 911 and was found lying next to the car while Beane was dead inside. Police say speed contributed to the accident.


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