Davison County Fatal Crash Laid to Boozing Driver On 3rd Time at Bat
What: One vehicle fatal crash
Where: 406th Avenue and 252nd Street, two miles west of Mitchell
When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015
Driver: Karla Martinez, 22, Mitchell, Minor Injuries
Passengers: Chastin Dampier, 14, Mitchell, Minor Injuries
Justin Songer, 14, Mitchell, Minor Injuries
Jordan Songer, 12, Mitchell, Minor Injuries
Lenard Boyer, 14, Mitchell, Fatal
Vehicle: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
MITCHELL, S.D. – Names have now officially been released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol regarding a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning two miles west of Mitchell.
A 14-year-old Mitchell youth, identified as Lenard Boyer, died in the crash.
The Highway Patrol says the driver and three other passengers received minor injuries in the crash, which occurred near the intersection of 406th Avenue and 252nd Street. The crash occurred at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on 406th Avenue about a quarter of a mile south of 252nd Street. The Highway Patrol says the driver, Karla Martinez, 22, lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road. The vehicle entered the west ditch sideways and rolled several times.
Boyer, who was in the front seat, was ejected from the vehicle. He died later at a Sioux Falls hospital.
Martinez and three rear-seat passengers, Chastin Dampier, Justin Songer and Jordan Songer, remained in the vehicle. All three sustained minor injuries. They were treated and released.
All of the occupants are from Mitchell.
Martinez was arrested for DUI Third Offense, Vehicular Homicide, Suspended Driver’s License, Contributing Alcohol to a Minor, Open Container of Alcohol and Seat Belt Violation.
Other agencies assisting at the scene were Davison County Sheriff’s Office and Mitchell Fire and Ambulance.
Moody County Fatal Crash
FLANDREAU, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, identified as Jeremy Langley, 33, was killed in a motorcycle crash that happened Friday afternoon June 26, 2015 on 420th Street near Flandreau.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash occurred after a pursuit with law enforcement in Minnesota. Deputies from the Pipestone MN Sheriff’s Office tried to initiate a traffic stop on the motorcycle, driven by Langley, in Pipestone for stop sign violation and exhibition driving.
Langley refused to stop. The pursuit covered 11 miles before the deputies ended the pursuit one mile east of the Minnesota/South Dakota border on 20th Avenue just north of 41st Street.
South Dakota law enforcement, who had been alerted to the pursuit, found Langley and the motorcycle lying in a ditch just north of a curve on 420th Street, 500 feet west of the border. Langley was pronounced dead at the scene.
Agencies involved were the Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Flandreau Police Department and Pipestone, MN Sheriff’s Office.
Mitchell Police Department Checked and Tested Bars and Restaurants for Compliance; 3 failed
On 06-18-15 the South Central Alcohol Task Force conducted 15 alcohol compliance checks in the city of Mitchell. The following establishments were checked and passed: Longhorn Bar, Café Teresa, Casey’s General Store (701 N. Main St.), The Grille, Coborn’s, Northside Sinclair, The Brig Steakhouse & Lounge, Village Bowl / Sneakers Peanut Bar, Chef Louie’s, Cubby’s East, Corona Village, and Ruby Tuesday
There were three establishments that failed the alcohol compliance checks and they occurred at Sudz, Twin Dragon, and Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse. In the Sudz and Twin Dragon instances, the clerks did ask for the Confidential Informants identification, but still made the sale of alcohol. In the Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse instance, the clerk did not ask to see the Confidential Informants identification, but still made the sale of alcohol. This is Sudz, Twin Dragon, and Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse’s first failure within a 24-month period.