One vehicle rear-ends another


BROOKINGS – Two Chevys were involved in a rear-end collision on Sunday, according to Brookings Police.

The crash was reported at 11:20 a.m. Sunday and occurred at the intersection of Sixth Street and 17th Avenue, Lt. Marci Gebers said.

Alexander Kringen, 21, of Dell Rapids, was driving a 2007 Chevy Impala. 

Rachel Smidt, 31, of Brookings, was driving a 2007 gold Chevy Malibu.

Kringen was traveling eastbound on Sixth Street and “had stopped due to a red traffic signal,” Gebers said.

Smidt “was also traveling eastbound on Sixth Street. Did not stop at the red light or see that the vehicle in front of her was stopped and rear-ended (the Impala),” Gebers said.

“She did have a small cut on her arm; other than that, there were no other injuries that were reported,” Gebers said.

Both vehicles had passengers and the ambulance responded to the scene.

“Everyone in Alex’s vehicle stated they were fine or refused medical care; and the occupants of Rachel’s car were evaluated by the ambulance crew and were medically cleared,” Gebers said.

Kringen’s vehicle sustained $5,000 worth of damage and had to be towed from the scene; Smidt’s vehicle also sustained $5,000 worth of damage and had to be towed, Gebers said.

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