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Authorities identify 38-year-old killed in southeast South Dakota crash

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TABOR, S.D. (KTIV) - Authorities have identified a 38-year-old man that died Friday in a one-vehicle crash in southeast South Dakota.

The Highway Patrol has identified the victim as Traun Cook, Sr. of Vermillion, South Dakota.

Authorities say Cook died in a crash that occurred on Oct. 1 at about 7:40 a.m., about two miles south of Tabor. The preliminary investigation indicates Cook was travelling eastbound on Highway 50 when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle then left the road way and rolled, throwing Cook from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cook was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.


TABOR, S.D. (KTIV) - One man has died after a one-vehicle crash Friday morning in Bon Homme County, South Dakota.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash occurred at about 7:40 a.m. two miles south of Tabor. The preliminary investigation shows a 2002 Cadillac Seville was driving eastbound on South Dakota Highway 50 when the driver failed to navigate a curve.

The vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The 38-year-old driver was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver's name is not being released at this time.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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