We now know how Thursday’s chain-reaction crash on 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue played out. But investigators are still trying to figure out why it happened.
Sioux Falls Police have identified the man who caused the multiple vehicle crash on one of the busiest South Dakota intersections. Thirty-two-year-old Troy Hohn, of Sioux Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just before noon, Sioux Falls Police say traffic was stopped on Minnesota Avenue. A car, a pickup and SUV were in the far right lane. Two more vehicles were headed east on 41st Street.
Police say a Chevy Blazer, driven by Hohn, was going extremely fast when it swerved to the right, smashing into the back of a Dodge Durango. This triggered a chain reaction crash involving all of these vehicles in line.
After crashing into the Durango, Hohn's Blazer flipped into the Taylor's Pantry parking lot hitting a sign, a parked van and eventually coming to rest on its top.
Before the crash, authorities say a Blazer matching the same description had been spotted speeding several blocks away.
Someone reported seeing a speeding SUV passing cars on the wrong side of 57th Street, before turning north onto Minnesota Avenue and heading down the steep hill leading to 41st Street.
According to a background check with the State of South Dakota, Hohn was charged with a DUI six years ago and had a few speeding tickets.
In Minnesota, he was arrested and convicted of fleeing law enforcement ten years ago. But there were no recent offenses.
We did reach out to his family, friends and co-workers, but nobody would do an on-camera interview. A few of them speak highly of Hohn, and say he was a nice guy and a hard worker. They did mention a possible medical condition, but that has not been confirmed.
POLICE DIAGRAM OF CRASH SCENE:
Vehicle No. 1, a 1998 Chevy Blazer driven by Troy M. Hohn, a 32-year-old Sioux Falls resident—deceased at the scene.
Vehicle No. 2, a 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Stephen Wolf, 36-year-old Sioux Falls resident.
Vehicle No. 3, a 1991 Chevy pickup driven by Tyler Sorlie, 36-year-old Sioux Falls resident.
Vehicle No. 4, a 1998 Buick Century, driven by Monica Williams, 48-year-old Brandon resident.
Vehicle No. 5, a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jacque Klinedinst, 62-year-old Sioux Falls resident.
Vehicle No. 6, a 1996 Chevy minivan driven by William Morrill, 86-year-old Sioux Falls resident.
Vehicle No. 7, a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which was parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash.