Yankton County Sheriff’s Office Releases Report on Fatal Crash From May

Yankton County Sheriff’s Office Releases Report on Fatal Crash From May

The Yankton County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that the third occupant in a high-speed chase that resulted in two dead in May has survived.

Sheriff Preston Crissey says that during the investigation, they discovered that a South Dakota Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2005 red Chevy Cobalt on SD Highway 50 near Vermillion because the Cobalt did not have a license plate.

Crissey says that the driver refused to pull over and trooper began a pursuit that reached speeds as high as 130 MPH.

Crissey says that dispatch was notified of the pursuit, and the Yankton Police Department staged road spikes on Highway 50 east of Yankton, but officers were unsuccessful in stopping the suspect vehicle, which swerved into a semi in the eastbound lane.

Anna Selwyn, 27, and Gabriel Ortega, 26, both of Sioux City, who were in the Chevy Cobalt, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Crissey says that Selwyn, who was the driver of the Cobalt, had a .109 Blood Alcohol Content and methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash.

During the investigation, Crissey says that it was discovered that the Chevy Cobalt was stolen out of an impound lot in Sioux City.

Crissey says that the third person in the Cobalt, a 23-year-old female from Sioux City, was transported to Avera Sacred Heart in critical condition, but is making a full recovery. The name of the third occupant will not be released.