Cause Of Fatal SF Accident Undetermined
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
March 21, 2013 6:20 PM
For the last several weeks, Sioux Falls police have been working to piece together the puzzle of what caused the 7 vehicle fatal accident on 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue on Valentine's Day.
“A lot of work goes into completing an investigation like this. When we go into one of these, we're looking at what kind of criminal laws were violated, we try and reconstruct what happened, what caused the crash, things of that nature," said Lt. Jerome Miller of the Sioux Falls Police Department.
Police have determined 32-year-old Troy Hohn, who was killed in the crash, was traveling north on Minnesota Avenue at an estimated 39-60 miles per hour, well over the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit.
Hohn’s vehicle smashed into the back of a Dodge Durango carrying a family of five, causing a chain reaction involving five other vehicles.
However they say Hohn’s speed is a low estimate and that it could very well be higher.
“Anytime we come up with a speed that we are going to put out there or we are going to prosecute someone for example, we can’t be higher than what it could possibly be so that's how we come up with a maximum speed or a range of speed," explained Miller.
Despite speculations, that drugs, alcohol or even a medical condition may have played a role in the crash, police said that just isn't the case.
“We can honestly say that there was no drugs and there was no alcohol involved and there didn’t appear to be any medical conditions that led up to this,” said Miller.
There was no evidence of a mechanical failure either. However, evidence does show that Hohn did hit the breaks, right before his vehicle collided with the Durango.
“The bumper of the blazer actually went underneath the Durango and based on bumper heights at rest, it certainly was an indicator that breaks were being applied just prior to (impact),” said Miller.
Police said the event data recorder inside Hohn's vehicle was a valuable resource in their investigation.
No charges have been filed in the crash and the investigation has officially been closed.