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Driver Crashes Vehicle Near Humboldt When He Falls Asleep Driving


Posted on Jan 11, 2013

On December 1, 2012, a single-car crash occurred in northwestern Minnehaha County when a driver fell asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, the driver had three other passengers in the vehicle. 

Reports indicate that Trooper Kristoff DeKramer, of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, responded to a call regarding a crash at approximately 5:30 a.m. The crash occurred on SD-19, south of Buffalo Trading Post and nine miles north of Humboldt.

The vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, was being driven by 18-year-old Austin Thames. Thames was traveling north when he fell asleep and drifted into the southbound lane. The pickup then hit a delineator post. Three other passengers were in the vehicle: one minor-aged male and two 17-year old females. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

When Thames collided with the delineator post, the crash caused him to wake up, as well as one passenger. However, when Thames attempted to cross back over to the northbound lane, he entered a ditch, causing the pickup to flip twice.

Thames and his three passengers were transported to a Sanford Health hospital in Sioux Falls. Three of the occupants had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth occupant was treated and released.

Thankfully, no other drivers were involved in this crash. We would like to extend our thoughts for a full recovery to all of the teenagers injured in this accident.

If you or a loved one was involved in a motor vehicle crash, speak with a South Dakota car accident attorney at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP. Call our office toll-free at (888) 733-2992. If you were in a crash, don’t delay. It is important to start on your claim immediately.

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