Police: Car was traveling at 115 mph in fatal east Sioux Falls crash

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Sioux Falls Police have released more information on a crash that left two people dead and severely injured others in May.

Police say investigators have almost completed their investigation into the fatal May 8 crash in east Sioux Falls. Once completed, investigators will give their report to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review and determine appropriate charges.

On May 8, a 2007 Chrysler Sebring was turning west onto Arrowhead Parkway from Highline Avenue when it was struck by a 2006 Subaru Impreza running a red light. Police are now revealing that the Subaru Impreza was traveling at 115 mph and the Chrysler Sebring was traveling at 23 mph at the time of impact.

The crash killed the driver and the front passenger of the Chrysler Sebring while severely injuring two backseat passengers. 17-year-old Javier Edgardo Velasquez, 20-year-old Pascal Niyonkuru, and 17-year-old Gia Elumbaring, co-workers at Buffalo Wild Wings, were driving home after their shifts had ended when their vehicle was struck. A 16-year-old boy was also a passenger in the vehicle at the time.

Gia Elumbaring suffered multiple injuries and has had several surgeries. Gia remains hospitalized. A fundraiser last weekend helped raise $3,000 to help with medical expenses. A GoFundMe created by the family has raised over $15,000.

The driver and passenger of the Subaru Impreza, both 23-year-old males, were also transported to the hospital with injuries. The driver of the vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries. Police have not updated their conditions.

Through the preliminary investigation, police have determined racing was not the cause of the speeding or crash.

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