Two young children are in critical condition after a two-car accident on Highway 11 near Brandon.
The South Dakota highway accident occurred on Tuesday, April 14, 2013 at about 6:40 p.m. Twenty-year-old Ryan Jordan Kohlmeyer, of Brandon, was driving south on Highway 11. He was about two miles south of Brandon when his 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt drifted across the median line and entered the northbound lane. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a 2004 Ford Expedition headed north. Both vehicles spun from the impact and came to rest on the east shoulder of the highway.
First responders from the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, the Brandon Police Department, and the Brandon Fire Department rendered aid at the scene of the accident. The crash was so severe that Kohlmeyer and his wife, twenty-year-old Nicole South, suffered serious injuries, despite wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The couple’s 22-month-old twin girls, Peyton Kohlmeyer and Jordan Kohlmeyer, were buckled into car seats in the back of the vehicle. The girls suffered critical injuries and were airlifted to a hospital in Sioux Falls. The adults were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The driver of the Expedition, 51-year-old Stacey Ann Williamson, of Garretson, was not wearing a seat belt. She sustained minor injuries. She was treated and released.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
The Sioux Falls car accident attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan, and Cole, LLP offer our heartfelt well-wishes to everyone involved in the crash. We wish the little girls a full and fast recovery.