Two brothers, along with two friends, died in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The crash occurred when the group was driving home following a hunting trip in South Dakota. The group had been on a week-long trip in which they were hunting pheasants.
Wesley Allen Frasard, 71, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and his brother, John Frasard, Jr., 68, also of St. Clair Shores, were traveling east on Highway 20, near Mellette, South Dakota, in Spink County. Wesley Frasard was driving a 2003 Ford Excursion with three other occupants in the vehicle; William Petrocy, 77, of St. Clair Shores, Nikolaos Andreopoulos, 69, of Chesterfield Township, and Thomas Edward Thorngate, 52, of St. Clair Shores. Petrocy’s dog was also in the vehicle.
At approximately 5:40 am, Wesley Frasard ran through a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281. At the same time, a semi-truck, driven by Doug Elmer Carnahan, 50, of Bottineau, North Dakota, was traveling southbound through the intersection. The semi-truck crashed directly into the Ford Excursion.
Paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced both of the Frasard brothers dead. Petrocy, Andreopoulos, and Petrocy’s dog also died as a result of the collision. Only Thorngate survived with life-threatening injuries. Thorngate was transported to a hospital in Aberdeen, but was later transferred to a hospital in Minnesota.
Carnahan, the driver of the semi-truck, sustained only minor injuries.
The crash caused a significant amount of debris on the roadway, as the diesel tank on the semi-truck had ruptured. The crash took several hours to clean.
The accident attorneys of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends impacted by this tragic accident.