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2 Dead, 1 Injured In Crash Near Mobridge



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Two people are dead and a third is in the hospital with serious injuries after a two-vehicle crash that took place just west of Mobridge.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the accident took place at 11:13 Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 12 at the entrance of the Grand River Casino.

The patrol says Kaisagarr L. Tavia-Fiatoa, Sr., 71, of Eagle Butte was leaving the casino’s parking lot in his 1996 GMC Sierra when he was hit. Tavia-Fiatoa turned west on Highway 12 when a 2005 Chevrolet K3500 pickup driven by 73-year-old Edward Matthew Schweitzer, of Mobridge, collided with him. Tavia-Fiatoa’s vehicle came to rest in the north ditch.  Schweitzer’s vehicle entered the north ditch, went through a fence and came to ended up in a pasture.

Tavia-Fiatoa and his passenger, Alma Faith Tavia-Fiatoa, 61, also of Eagle Butte, were thrown from their vehicle and died at the scene. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Schweitzer, who was wearing a seatbelt, received serious injuries and was taken to a Mobridge hospital.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol investigated. Corson County Sheriff’s Office,
Standing Rock BIA, Mobridge Fire Department, Mobridge Ambulance and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks personnel assisted.
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