Weekend crashes take the lives of three people

2013-09-01T18:00:00Z Weekend crashes take the lives of three people Rapid City Journal

Three people have died in crashes on South Dakota roadways this weekend.

A 19-year-old Spearfish man died Friday after crashing his motorcycle on I-90. 

Derek Murray Hall was westbound at 4:22 p.m. on his 2001 Harley Davidson when the vehicle ahead of him slowed down for a construction zone, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Hall attempted to avoid the vehicle and entered the eastbound lane. His motorcycle collided with a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Tracy John Lewis, 49, of Deadwood.

Hall was wearing a helmet, but died at the scene from injuries received in the crash. Lewis was not injured.

Another crash Friday at 7 p.m. took the life of Brittany Ann Gilman, 24, of Madison.

Gilman died in a single-vehicle crash at 451st Avenue and 233rd Street near Madison. She was northbound driving a 2001 Ford F150 pickup when the vehicle’s right tires left the driving surface, according to the Highway Patrol.

The vehicle returned to the roadway and slid into the west ditch, where it rolled. Gilman was not wearing a seat belt. She was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

A North Dakota woman died Friday in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 15 just west of Wilmot.

Autumn Marie Haecherl, 32, of Lisbon, N.D., was westbound driving a 2004 Suzuki Forenza. The vehicle crossed the center line about 3:30 p.m. and collided with an eastbound 2005 International truck and trailer driven by Debora Lynn Bennett, 57, of Armstrong, Iowa.

Haecherl, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Her 2-year-old daughter was in the rear seat in a child safety seat and was uninjured.

Bennett, who was wearing a seat belt, was uninjured.

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