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(SD)-Identities Released In 3 Black Hills Deaths

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/02/2019 05:45 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota authorities have released the identities of 3 people killed over the weekend in two separate incidents in the southwest corner of the state - a 6-year old girl who fell from a cliff near Rapid City on Sunday and 2 men killed in a freak accident Friday night along Highway 18 near Hot Springs.

     The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says the girl who fell at Falling Rock was Sadie White Twin of Pierre, but they've still released no other details about the circumstances surrounding her death. Falling Rock, a popular scenic area off Highway 44, towers several hundred feet above Rapid Creek.

      The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the two men killed near Hot Springs were 25-year old Reuben Gilbert, an airman stationed at Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, and 27-year old Christopher Swope of Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

      Gilbert, a member of the 28th Communications Squadron at Ellsworth, had lost control of his car on icy Highway 18 a mile west of Hot Springs, went into the ditch, and rolled.

     Swope stopped to help Gilbert, who'd gotten out of his car, but as they stood in the ditch, a semi also lost control on the icy pavement. The tractor and flatbed trailer jackknifed and slid into the ditch as well, hitting and killing both men.

     The semi driver, 27-year old Gjorgi Djatev of Jackson, N.J., was hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries


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