Two Eureka Women Killed in Crash

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IPSWICH, S.D. – (SD State News) Two Eureka, S.D., women died in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 about six miles east of Ipswich on Friday, Jan. 3.

Lavinena E. Guthmiller, 78, was westbound driving a 1998 Ford Explorer. Her vehicle slid sideways on an icy patch of highway into the eastbound lane where it collided with an eastbound 1997 Freightliner semi-truck hauling a load of baled hay.

Guthmiller’s vehicle entered the south ditch. She was thrown from the vehicle and was dead at the scene. A passenger, Evelyn Katharina Scheuffele, 76, also died in the crash. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

After the collision, the Freightliner entered the north ditch, where it struck a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Stephen Donald Simon, 19, of Groton, S.D., was driving the Freightliner. He suffered minor injuries. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Hedi Noel Schauer, 29, of Ashley, N.D., was driving the Chevrolet. She said she drove into the ditch to try to avoid the first crash. Schauer, who was wearing a seatbelt, and a minor passenger in a child seat, were not injured.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Edmunds County Sheriff’s Office, Ipswich Ambulance, Ipswich Fire Department and Aberdeen Fire and Rescue assisted.


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