UPDATE: 15-year-old dies in fatal crash on I-229

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UPDATED: 11:44 a.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – The 15-year-old boy who died in a car crash on Interstate 229 Tuesday night has been identified as a Lincoln High School student.

In an email to parents of LHS students, Dr. Laura Raeder said 9th-grader Barry Grieve died in the crash. Another LHS student, Mhiretab Tsegaye is facing life-threatening injuries.

Additional counselors were made avaiable for students. You can see the full email from Raeder below.

Dear Parents/Guardians of our LHS students,

I want you to be aware of a sad event that occurred involving two of our 9th-grade students. Barry Grieve was killed in a car accident yesterday. Another student, Mhiretab (Tab) Tsegaye, also 9th-grade student at Lincoln High School, was injured in the accident and is currently in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

When there is a death and injury to children such as this, we want to provide our students with support and an opportunity to talk about their concerns, so we shared this news with your child’s class this morning.  The students were given an opportunity to share information and ask questions. Additional counselors were available to visit with students about this tragedy. Students were encouraged to talk to their parents, teacher, counselor, or other adults if they have further questions. As some parents called in their students to leave, students were told they were welcomed to return to LHS to speak to a counselor as needed.

Parents play a key role in helping their children to understand death.  Please take the time to visit with your child if he/she has a need to talk about the situation.  It is important for children to have the opportunity to ask questions and share their feelings. A list of suggestions is included below this letter and it contains some good ideas, yet each family deals with issues like this in their own special way.  If you feel your child needs to talk further with our counselor or we can be of further assistance, please call the Lincoln High School Counseling Office at 605-367-7994.

Dr. Laura Raeder
Lincoln High School Principal

9:32 a.m.

A 15-year-old boy died after a rollover crash Tuesday night on Interstate 229 near mile marker 5.

The Department of Public Safety announced the 15-year-old was driving a Jeep northbound on I-229 when he lost control while crossing the Big Sioux River bridge. The Jeep went off the road, rolled down a ditch and hit a tree.

A 16-year-old boy was also injured and facing life-threatening injuries.

The 15-year-old driver was wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 16-year-old is at a Sioux Falls hospital and the seat belt use is under investigation.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

4:21 a.m.

A crash has left one person dead and another injured in Sioux Falls.

In a Tweet, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the highway patrol is investigating a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 229.

It happened late Tuesday night near mile marker five on the Big Sioux River bridge in Sioux Falls.

More details are expected to be released later on Wednesday.

The Sioux Falls police department says there have been several crashes reported in the city.

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