WAGNER — Names have been released of the four people who died Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Wagner.
According to the Department of Public Safety, a 2003 Chrysler Sebring was southbound on South Dakota Highway 50 and failed to stop at the intersection approximately two miles west of Wagner at 6:10 p.m. Feb. 16. It collided in the intersection with a 2008 Jeep Cherokee which was westbound on South Dakota Highway 46. The Chrysler went into the south ditch and started on fire.
The four occupants of the Chrysler had to be extricated. The driver, Agnes Drapeaux, 31, of Mitchell and two passengers, Michaela Rainbow, 28, of Lake Andes and Milton LaRose, 33, of Omaha, Nebraska, were transported to a Wagner hospital where they were pronounced dead. The fourth occupant, Lawrence Thunder Horse, 27, of Lake Andes, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Lynette Ashes, 64, of Wagner, the driver of the Jeep, was pronounced dead at the scene.
None of the people involved in the crash appeared to be wearing seat belts.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.