Names released in deadly Fort Pierre-area crash

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PIERRE — A 19-year-old Fort Pierre man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Hughes County.

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2023 Chevy 2500 and a Jeep collided head-on at on state Highway 1804 near mile marker 260, 11 miles north of Pierre. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The driver of the Jeep, Hayden Joe Schmautz of Fort Pierre, sustained fatal injuries. Seat belt use is under investigation.

The driver of the 2023 Chevy 2500, Adan Ignacio Garcia of Raton, New Mexico, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was wearing a seat belt.

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