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Redfield woman dies after crashing into snowplow


Rockham, S.D. (KELO-AM) - A Redfield woman has died of injuries received in a Feb. 14 crash involving two vehicles on U.S. Highway 212 about four miles west of Rockham.

Jewel D. Wheeler, 39, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet C1500 pickup westbound. She lost control on the icy road and entered the eastbound lane. Her vehicle struck a South Dakota Department of Transportation snowplow, a 2011 International driven by Jerry Kopecky, 59, of Faulkton, S.D.

Wheeler was taken to a Faulkton Hospital and then transferred to a Fargo, N.D., hospital, where she died Feb. 21 of her injuries.

Kopecky was not injured.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Faulk County Sheriff’s Office, Faulk County Fire and Rescue and Faulk County Ambulance assisted.