Accident Report Nov. 21

Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m., Stacy Ruml, 40, of Letcher was delivering mail in his 1998 Buick Electra when the brakes went out. He was attempting to take the car home, traveling around 10-15 miles per hour, when he approached the intersection of 405th Ave. and 237th St. He felt he couldn’t make the turn, so he drove into the east ditch of 405th Ave. to slow down, thought he was going to roll so drove into the south ditch of 237th St., coming to stop next to the fence. The accident caused $2,000 damage to the car. The driver did not feel injured at the time, but was later taken to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, where it was discovered he had broken bones in his back.
On Nov. 9 just before 11 a.m., Dorothy Zoss, 69, of Letcher hit a raccoon on 413th Ave. There was an estimated $1,500 damage to her 2010 Chrysler Town & Country and no injuries.
On Nov. 10 just before 6 p.m., Theresa Maeschen, 51, of Mitchell hit a deer on SD Hwy. 37 N. with her 2010 Saturn Outlook XE. The hood of the car came unlatched after hitting the deer, she saw smoke and it caught fire while  Maeschen was in the car. A passerby attempted to put out the fire, unsuccessfully. The car was fully engulfed in flames by the time emergency personnel arrived. There was about $21,000 damage to the car and no injuries.
Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., Nathan Hegg, 35, of Mitchell hit a deer on 404th Ave. just south of 235th St. causing $1,900 damage to his 2005 GMC Sierra. No injuries.
Nov. 10 at about 10 p.m., Charles Peer, 53, of Artesian hit a deer on SD Hwy. 34 causing $4,000 damage to his 2001 Ford F250 and no injuries.
Nov. 11 at 4:20 p.m., Barbara Metzinger, 55, of Artesian was traveling east on the 414th Ave. that curves into 234th St. when her car hit a patch of packed snow. Driver was correcting the steering when the car hit dry road, sending it into the ditch and hitting the culvert in an approach and coming to rest on the other side of the approach. There was around $12,000 damage to the 2004 Chevy Trailblazer she was driving and no injuries.
Nov. 16 around 6 p.m., Greg Erwin, 57, of Woonsocket hit a deer on SD Hwy. 37. There was about $1,000 damage to his 2005 Chevy Impala and no injuries.
Nov. 17 about 5:30 p.m., Charles Kahl, 48, of Huron hit a deer on SD Hwy. 34 causing about $1,000 damage to the 2013 Dodge Ram he was driving, owned by Agrigenetics, Inc. No injuries.

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