A Renner man died Saturday morning near the Flandreau exit on Interstate 29 when he hit ice with the pickup he was driving, went into the median and was ejected from his vehicle.
Sixty-year-old Kasper Malsam, who was driving north, landed on the southbound lane of the interstate near exit 114 and was run over by an SUV, according to the state Department of Pubic Safety. He was not wearing a seat belt before the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An 11-year-girl from Dell Rapids in Malsam’s vehicle received minor injuries and was wearing a seatbelt.
The crash was one of six that included injuries over the weekend, said Sheriff Troy Wellman. In addition, there were nine accidents that did not involve injuries and 44 motorist assists, which included mostly slide-ins, in which the drivers needed a tow.
The emergency calls happened at a time when interstate conditions were snow-packed and slippery. The Moody County Sheriff’s Office posted warnings on its Facebook page of poor interstate conditions beginning Friday afternoon through Sunday noon.
Malsam was driving a 2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 pickup that was pulling a trailer with a utility terrain vehicle on it about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. It ended up resting on its roof.
The driver who ran over Malsam, Thomas Sterzinger, 54, of Taunton, Minn., received no injuries. He was driving a 2018 GMC Acadia SUV and wearing a seatbelt.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.