UPDATE: Authorities release name of woman killed in crash near Groton

July 18, 2022

Mike Tanner


GROTON, S.D.–The South Dakota Highway Patrol has released the name of the woman killed in a traffic crash last week on U.S. Highway 12, five miles east of Groton.


Fifty year-old Melissa Sweeney of Fayetteville, North Carolina died when the car she was driving struck a deer, went off the highway and into a slough.


Sweeney was first airlifted to an Aberdeen hospital, then was transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital where she died.


Sweeney was alone in the vehicle.


The crash was reported on Monday July 11th at 1:10 a.m.