Badger girl killed in crash is identified



 
A 17 year-old girl from Badger is killed in a 3-vehicle crash involving a school bus 
a half mile west of Arlington. It happened shortly before 5:00 p.m. Monday.
 
Savannah Koistinen was driving an eastbound car on U.S. Highway 14. Traveling with 
her was 15-year-old Kelsey Keller of Bryant and 16-year-old Levi Tapani of Sheridan,
Wyoming.
 
As Koistinen slowed to make a northbound turn into a private rural residence near 
Arlington, a car driven by 25-year-old Cynthia Holmquest of Sioux Falls failed to 
slow down and hit Koistinen's vehicle in the back end.
 
Koistinen's car was pushed into the westbound oncoming lane of traffic and
was hit head-on by a Clark-Willow Lake School Bus.  The school bus was driven 
by  52-year-old Johnnie Brown of Clark.
 
Koistinen died at the scene of the crash.  Her passengers were taken to the
Brookings hospital and then flown to Sioux Falls area hospitals with serious, but 
non-life threatening injuries. All were wearing seatbelts.
 
Holmquest was wearing a seatbelt and not injured. She was described as a 
"distracted driver" and cited for careless driving. Holmquest is an active duty 
Sioux Falls police officer.
 
Eighteen students and staff were on the bus and received minor bumps and bruises.  
They were members of the Clark-Willow lake volleyball team returning home from
a team camp in Elkton.
 
 

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