Victim ID’ed in fatal car-deer-pickup crash near Aurora

AURORA – An Elkton man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Friday night, 3 miles south of Aurora. 

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.

Ramon Campos, the 35-year-old 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 – 30-year-old Wendy Flores of Elkton, an 11-year-old girl and two boys, ages 9 and 5 – or the 17-year-old driver of the Taurus, Tyler Rasmussen of Elkton, were injured. Everyone involved were wearing seat belts.

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