Authorities Release Names In Fatal Beadle County Crash

WESSINGTON, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old Virgil, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash east of Wessington.

A 1992 Chevy pickup was westbound on Highway 14 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2009 Ford pickup.

The driver of the Chevy pickup, Jeffrey Airheart, was transported to the Huron hospital and later airlifed to a Sioux Falls hospital where he died of his injuries. Authorities say Airheart was not wearing a seatbelt.

The other driver, 28-year-old Karsten Houdek of Dell Rapids, S.D., received minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.

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