Accident claims life of Wessington Springs youth

Fog-related accident results in death

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WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A 12-year-old Wessington Springs girl passed away Tuesday, from injuries sustained in an accident that took place Jan. 26.

Authorities said preliminary information indicates Kindra Lea Wolter, the driver of a 2016 Ford Fusion was traveling westbound on S.D. Hwy 34 about 10 miles west of Wessington Springs, in heavy fog.

An eastbound school bus was stopped in the opposite lane to pick up a student. As Wolter approached, the flashing lights on the bus became more visible and she hit the brakes, sliding on the icy road.

At the same time, a 12-year-old student was crossing the street to board the bus and was struck by the Ford Fusion.

The young lady was transported to a nearby hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries and later transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The S.D. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.