South Dakota deputy hit by SUV while investigating crash
TURNER COUNTY, S.D. — A South Dakota deputy was hit by an SUV while investigating a crash near Parker on Sunday night.
Authorities say the Turner County Deputy was on the scene of an accident in which a car had collided with a cow. According to the Turner County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was standing on the shoulder of the road in front of his patrol vehicle searching the ditch for the animal when a woman driving an SUV attempted to pass the patrol car.
As she passed the vehicle she swerved back into her lane, striking the deputy. The woman told authorities that she slowed for the patrol car, then sped up and swerved back into her lane to avoid an oncoming car — and never saw the deputy.
The deputy was transported to Avera Hospital where he was checked and released within a few hours. According to the Turner County Sheriff’s Office, he didn’t receive any injures, but ‘will likely be sore for a few days.’
“When approaching a crash scene or any type of scene for that matter, please use extreme caution,” said the Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post on Monday. “Be vigilant and pay attention to the area as there may be deputies, motorists, tow trucks, animals, etc in the area. We were extremely fortunate and hope Deputy Gibbs will feel better soon.”