Man dies following car-deer-pickup crash near Aurora


AURORA – One man has died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Friday night, 3 miles south of Aurora.

Names of the six people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.

About 6:45 p.m., a 2010 Ford Taurus was westbound on South Dakota Highway 324 when it hit a deer that had entered the roadway. That collision sent the deer into the windshield of an eastbound 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The pickup went into the south ditch.

The 35-year-old male driver of the pickup received serious life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the Brookings hospital and then airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. He died there Saturday. 

None of the four other occupants of the pickup – a 30-year old woman, an 11-year-old girl and two boys, ages 9 and 5 – or the 17-year-old driver of the Taurus were injured. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts. 

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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