SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A woman from a central Sioux Falls neighborhood helped pull a passenger from the wreckage of a crashed pickup truck, and then she watched as the driver allegedly left the scene. Officers are looking for the driver in a crash that injured two people in Sioux Falls Friday morning.
The Sioux Falls Police Department responded to West 26th Street and West Avenue at around 8:40 a.m. Authorities say a 27-year-old man, driving a black Chevy Avalanche, drove north through an intersection, and hit a Ram pickup west-bound.
The man driving the Ram and the passenger of the Avalanche were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be okay. The driver of the Avalanche left the scene. Police believe alcohol was involved.
The neighborhood is new two schools, Edison Middle School and Christ the King Elementary. The crash was hard to miss, but Katie O’Toole was in her basement and didn’t see it.
“I heard a loud noise, but I didn’t know what it was,” O’Toole, who lives in the neighborhood, said.
She raced upstairs, saw the aftermath, and her mom called 911. Eventually they were helping a passenger in the black truck police say caused the crash.
“He seemed kind of in shock. Yeah, some of his teeth, I don’t know, maybe his lip was bleeding. I saw a little bit of blood, but he could walk and everything,” O’Toole said.
O’Toole says, so could the driver.
“He got out and started walking and walked right past me and I asked him, are you just going to leave, because I was going to ask him if he was ok. All this stuff, but he just bolted right by me,” O’Toole said.
O’Toole says the suspect went into several yards. She told police which direction he left in.
“There’s been numerous accidents, but this is the worst one,” Sharon Vorthems, who lives in the neighborhood, said.
Both Vorthems and O’Toole are thankful the trucks crashed at the time they did, and it wasn’t when students were arriving at Edison Middle School and Christ The King Elementary
“We’re right by a school and it’s, this early in the morning, someone could’ve been walking to school. A lot of kids walking through here,” O’Toole said.
“Kids that walk late. I mean, they walk from the north to the south, so, and they walk usually on the east side or the west side of the street here. So, it could’ve been bad,” Vorthems said.