Sioux Falls woman identified as victim of Friday fatal crash near Tea

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said snow and ice caused the Dodge Durango to cross the center line.

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TEA, S.D. — A Sioux Falls woman has been identified as the victim who died Friday morning in a weather-related crash southeast of Tea.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol named 71-year-old Kathryn Thoreson, of Sioux Falls, as the driver killed in the crash, in which authorities say snow and ice was a factor.

The crash occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, along a stretch of 276th Street roughly four miles southeast of Tea. Preliminary crash information released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicates that Thoreson was driving westbound when a section of snow and ice caused her 2006 Dodge Durango to cross the center line.

The Durango then collided head-on with an eastbound 2014 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer.

Thoreson was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the semi, 32-year-old Travis Grave, of Tea, was not injured in the crash, and was wearing a seat belt.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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