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Fatal weekend crash near Yankton involved stolen vehicle

YANKTON (AP) — A weekend rollover crash north of Yankton that killed one person and injured another involved a stolen vehicle.

Yankton County Sheriff Jim Vlahakis and Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen confirmed to the Daily Press & Dakotan that the sport utility vehicle that crashed about 7 p.m. Sunday had been stolen from a residence in Yankton earlier that day.

The Highway Patrol says the SUV crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 81, made minor contact with another vehicle and swerved out of control, eventually rolling in the ditch.

A 21-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead at a Sioux Falls hospital. The 23-year-old male driver was taken to a Yankton hospital with injuries the patrol says are serious but not life-threatening. Charges are pending against him. Neither person was immediately identified.

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