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A family of three died in a wreck involving a drunken driver on the Pine Ridge reservation Saturday, according to tribal authorities.

Wanblee residents Waylon Red Elk Sr., 42, died together with his wife, Jaylene Pretends Eagle, 34, and their 1-year-old son, Waylon Red Elk Jr. Jaylene had been seven months pregnant with her seventh child during the crash in the town of Porcupine, according to her obituary sent to the Journal.

The incident involved another car with a driver believed to be intoxicated, said Oglala Sioux Tribe police chief Mark Mesteth.

FBI spokesman Craig Lisher also confirmed the fatal accident but said he didn't have details on the crash.

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Funeral services for the victims are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, according to Sioux Funeral Home. The family will be buried at the Gethsemane Episcopal Cemetery.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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