Names released in Pennington County fatal crash

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Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 1:43 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The names of the Rapid City adults who died in a two-vehicle crash on Sunday afternoon, have been released. Mark Cook, Jr., the 31-year-old driver of a Kia Niro, and his passenger, Kayla Hamer, 30, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the Kia Niro was at the intersection of Upper Spring Creek Road and South Dakota Highway 79. After coming to a full stop at the stop sign, the Kia began to enter the intersection when it collided with a southbound 2012 GMC Yukon heading South on Highway 79.

Also in the vehicle with Cook and Hammer was a five-year-old male passenger in the backseat. The child was airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries. Both front seat passengers were wearing seat belts. Whether or not the child in the back seat had a seat belt on is still being investigated.

Driving the Yukon was Megan Walker, 16, of Oral. Walker suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital. Also in the car with Walker was a 14-year-old female passenger who was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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