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Charges pending following 2-vehicle wreck Wednesday

November 30, 2018

BELLE FOURCHE — Charges related to driving on the wrong side of the road are pending against a Belle Fourche man who allegedly merged into the oncoming lane of traffic causing an accident just after 7 a.m. Wednesday three miles east of Belle Fourche.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Tyler Petit, 27, of Belle Fourche, was operating a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta eastbound near mile marker 12 on U.S. Highway 34 when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a semi truck traveling in the westbound lane head-on.

Petit, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was transported by Belle Fourche Ambulance to Spearfish Regional Hospital with serious, non life-threatening injuries.

The semi truck was being operated by a 31-year-old male who had a 24-year-old male passenger. Both males were wearing their seatbelts and reported no injuries.

Tony Mangan, with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, did not release the names or places of residence of those traveling in the semi truck, citing Marsy’s Law, which originated as a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2016 that includes a provision that gives victims “the right to prevent disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family.”

Charges against Petit are pending. Alcohol and speed are not believed to be factors in the cause of the accident.

An investigation into the cause of the accident by the S.D. Highway Patrol is ongoing.

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