User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


36° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Community Reacts To Fatal Mitchell Crash

March 25, 2012, 10:20 PM by Hailey Higgins

Community Reacts To Fatal Mitchell Crash
MITCHELL, SD -

Instead of tucking in their little girl and saying goodnight a Mitchell family is getting ready for her funeral.
Authorities say 9-year-old Iszabella Morgan was the victim of a drunk driver who sped through town in the middle of the day and refused to stop for police.

Michael Sedlmeier, 46, is accused of leading officers on a 14-block chase that ended when his Ford Taurus collided with an SUV carrying Morgan and her friend's family Saturday.

The Mitchell man is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular battery, aggravated eluding and his third DUI.

Flowers now lay at the intersection of Duff Street and 1st Avenue, as family friends come to honor the life of the 9-year-old girl they knew as "Bella."

"She's just very charismatic, energetic, very outspoken," Katie Christensen said. "She's one to just tell you how it is."

Art and Anita Streetman live nearby and were one of the first to come to the crash.

"We just heard a horrendous crunch, just metal and plastic (hitting) each other," Art Streetman said.

Streetman said Morgan and her friend McKenna Mentzel, 9, were thrown from the SUV.

"I got over there and the mother was holding her baby. She was frantic (saying) 'I need my husband. I cannot do it without my husband,'" Streetman said.

That mother was 34-year-old Misty Zilla. She was driving her family and her daughter's good friend to the Dakota Discovery Museum, according to friend LuAnn Yoder.

"Physically, I think she's doing pretty well. Emotionally, she's not doing well at all. And that's to be understood. She's got a lot of guilt," Yoder said.

Investigators say the SUV was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Five people inside were seriously hurt including Rose Hilleson, 63, Alexis Mentzel, 12, and eight-month-old Brielle Zilla.

Community members say the crash and Morgan's death could have been prevented.

"It never should have happened. This never should have happened. Bella should be with us right now. She should not be gone," JoAnne Bier said.

Friends say a stranger volunteered to pay for funeral expenses. Visitation is Wednesday, followed by a funeral on Thursday.  Friends say Morgan's mother plans to bury her in her dance costume.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Parker Teen Dies In One Vehicle Crash

4/12/2014 10:18 AM

16-year-old Tonya Anderson from Parker, SD died in a one vehicle crash west of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 on Friday.

Full Story
Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Woman Dies In Crash Near Brookings

4/12/2014 10:34 AM

A Sioux Falls woman died in a two vehicle crash on I-29 south of Brookings.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

4/15/2014 7:15 AM

Authorities plan to release an update on the investigation into the 1971 disappearance of two South Dakota girls.

Full Story


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED