Names released in fatal Codington Co. crash


WATERTOWN – A Waubay man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Watertown.

A 2002 Toyota Highlander was westbound on South Dakota Highway 20 when it collided head on with an eastbound 2001 GMC Yukon. It appears the Highlander crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane.

Both occupants of the Yukon had to be extricated from the vehicle. Ronald Olson, the 56-year-old driver, died from his injuries. Renee Olson, the 54-year-old passenger, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital. Both are from Waubay.

Kaden Larsen of Watertown, who was the 17-year-old driver of the Highlander, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital.

It is unknown whether either driver was wearing a seat belt. The female passenger was wearing a seat belt.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.

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