Sioux Falls Police say there is no clear answer as to what caused a deadly crash at the intersection of 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue on Valentine’s Day.
Just before noon on February 14, Troy Hohn’s Chevy Blazer hit another SUV and caused a chain reaction crash that damaged a total of seven vehicles, sent six to the hospital, and killed Hohn.
On Thursday, Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jerome Miller says their final investigation showed Hohn was traveling between 49-60 miles per hour on Minnesota Avenue just before the crash. The street has a posted speed limit of 30 mph.
Miller says there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and medical conditions have also been ruled out.
There was some evidence that Hohn put on the brakes in the seconds before the crash, but as far as the exact reason why the crash happened police likely will never know.
“There’s a big chunk or wide open we don’t know and we may never know,” Miller said.
Police did receive calls of a reckless driver in a Blazer turning onto Minnesota Avenue from 57th Street shortly before the crash. Miller says they do believe that was Hohn’s vehicle.
Miller says there is nothing about the design of the intersection that could improve the safety of the area, or could have prevented the crash.