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A new "person of interest" has been identified as the possible driver that caused a fatal car crash last Friday that took the life of a 1-year-old girl, police say. 

No arrest, however, has been made, Brendyn Medina, spokesman for the Rapid City Police Department, said in an email Tuesday. 

"We've gotten a few tips and are actively working to follow up on leads, gather video evidence from the area," he said. 

Police had previously said they caught the person who fled from a Pontiac Bonneville after causing a three-vehicle crash that killed the infant.

The previous suspect who was "highly intoxicated, belligerent" had "made statements referencing his involvement in the recent traffic crash," Medina said in a news release. "He matched the suspect description given of the driver, and further, a witness positively identified (him) as the suspect driver."

But police later determined the man was not in the area of the crash when it occurred after examining his ankle monitor's GPS history, Medina said. 

The original suspect was arrested for bond revocation and possessing methamphetamine.  

The crash occurred around 12:25 p.m. at the intersection of East Boulevard and East New York Street, the department said in its original statement.

Police learned that as a Pontiac Grand Prix turned left onto westbound East New York from East Boulevard, a Pontiac Bonneville traveling south on East Boulevard struck the Grand Prix and a third vehicle.

Two adults and the infant in the Grand Prix were injured and transported to the hospital. The baby later died from her injuries. The people in the third car were not injured.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Gebhard at 394-4134. The public can also send an anonymous tip by texting RCPD and the information to 847411.

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— Contact Arielle Zionts at arielle.zionts@rapidcityjournal.com

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