A teenage girl from Faulkton, South Dakota, was in a serious motor vehicle crash on Saturday, May 18, 2013, while driving north of Miranda. The teen driver was transported to the hospital following this single-vehicle crash. The driver involved in the crash is a Faulkton High School senior, and she was set to graduate.
According to Sergeant Frank Krumm, of the South Dakota State Highway Patrol, Kaitlin Heitmann, 18, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue northbound on Faulk County Road Saturday morning. Heitmann was approximately six miles north of Miranda, South Dakota when she lost control of the vehicle while traveling on gravel. The Oldsmobile went into a ditch on the east side, jumped a fence, and rolled. Heitmann was thrown from the car; police believe that she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Heitmann was transported by Faulkton ambulance to the Faulkton Area Medical Center. She was then taken by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital. Heitmann is currently in the hospital, and she is suffering from serious injuries.
Police are continuing their investigation into this serious motor vehicle crash, but authorities believe that alcohol and speed were contributing factors to this accident. While police received a call about the crash at approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday, authorities are still unsure as to when the accident actually occurred.
This was a very serious motor vehicle crash. We extend our sincerest thoughts for a full recovery to Kaitlin Heitmann.