Name released of woman killed in Wednesday’s crash on I29 near Brookings

A Lincoln, Nebraska woman has been identified as the person who died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Brookings.

Preliminary crash information indicates that an SUV was stationery in the driving lane of Interstate 29 when it was rear-ended by a semi truck and tanker. The SUV was pushed into the east ditch and came to rest against a sign. The truck and tanker also went into the east ditch, across a service road and came to rest on the railroad tracks.

The driver of the SUV, 40-year-old Kelley Rodriquez, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi driver, 39-year-old James Vaniperen of Davis, S.D. sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Brookings hospital.


November 11, 2022