AURORA – One man has died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Friday night, 3 miles south of Aurora.
Names of the six people involved are not yet being released pending notification of family members.
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.
The 35-year-old male 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 – a 30-year old woman, an 11-year-old girl and two boys, ages 9 and 5 – or the 17-year-old driver of the Taurus were injured. Everyone involved was wearing seat belts.
South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.