Police: Drugs May Have Been Factor In Fatal Sioux Falls Crash
UPDATE 4:26PM Wednesday afternoon, Sioux Falls Police issued a statement with additional information that included a second car's possible involvement and potential charges against the respective drivers. The text of the press release from Lt. Michael Colwill is provided below.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota: On today’s date at 04:00 am the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to a single vehicle car crash that occurred near 22nd Street and Western Avenue, where a northbound vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 15 year old male passenger deceased as a result of the collision. During the investigation it was revealed a second vehicle had been involved. That 2nd vehicle was operated by 16 year old juvenile. The actions of both drivers contributed to this situation which is still being investigated. Interviews with all parties have occurred or are still in progress. More information regarding the incident and the specific charges authorized will be provided at the Thursday, February 23rd news briefing at 10:30 am.
As the police investigation continues into an early Wednesday morning fatal crash on Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, Police Lt. John Duprey says drugs may have been a factor.
"I don't believe that alcohol was involved. I've heard no mention of alcohol. I have been advised that drugs appear to have possibly been a factor. They didn't clarify to me what kind."
Duprey says it's rare that severe accidents would take place on Western Avenue.
"In the bigger picture of things, looking at the number of accident reports that the Sioux Falls Police Department takes over the course of a year, if you're looking at it in regards to fatalities these accidents are fairly rare."
Duprey says a juvenile male died in the crash. The driver and another passenger were not seriously hurt.
The vehicle crashed into a tree.