In 2018, a fatal crash in South Dakota most likely involved a passenger car that left the roadway driven by someone older than 21 in a rural area of the state.
The state had 130 traffic fatalities in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2018, 17 of the 148 drivers involved in fatal crashes were under 21. The majority of drivers in fatal crashes (130) were 21 or older. One age was unknown. Most of the crashes (117) happened in rural areas.
A search through the KELOLAND News archives shows of the crashes reported on since Jan. 1, fatalities have included more than 10 teens, including the Dec. 23 crash that killed two teens in Marshall County.
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety tracks crashes in the state. As of Dec. 20, the state had 84 fatal crashes this year with 97 fatalities. That compares to 108 fatal crashes with 128 fatalities in 2018, DPS public information officer Tony Mangan said.
The numbers are preliminary and won’t be official until 2020, he said. So far, numbers are tracking below last year’s with at least a 20% decrease in each category as of Dec. 20.
The DPS office was closed Monday through Wednesday so the numbers through Dec. 20 are the most current.
The legal driving age in South Dakota is 14-years-old.
The NHTSA said Minnehaha County had 13 fatalities in 2018.