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Authorities identify man killed when struck by vehicle checking his mail

Butte County Fatal Crash

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. – A Belle Fourche, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a two vehicle crash one mile east of Belle Fourche, S.D.

Preliminary crash information indicates a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling south on McCoy Road near its intersection with Eaton Lane.  The Grand Caravan pulled to the east shoulder, partially in the northbound lane and partially off the road.  The 77-year-old male driver got out of the vehicle to check his mail which was on the east side of the road.

A 2003 Ford Ranger was traveling north on McCoy Lane.  As the 19-year-old male driver of the Ranger approached the Grand Caravan he realized it was on the wrong side of the road, swerved to the right, but was unable to avoid collision.  The Ranger struck the 77-year-old male driver of the Caravan.  The Ranger and the Caravan driver came to rest in the east ditch.

The driver of the Grand Caravan, Leroy Fischer, age 77, sustained fatal injuries.

Janet Fischer, age 71, a passenger in the Grand Caravan was not injured.

She was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Ford Ranger Jet Tracy, age 19, was not injured.

He was wearing a seatbelt.

Connor Clausen, age 20, a passenger in the Ford Ranger had minor injuries.

He was wearing a seatbelt.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Rapid City, US
2:32 pm, September 23, 2023
overcast clouds
Wind: 22 mph
Pressure: 1013 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:40 am
Sunset: 6:49 pm
Avery Fogelman

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