UPDATE: Names released in triple fatality crash northwest of Beresford

December 14, 2023

BERESFORD, S.D.–Authorities have released the names of three people killed in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday morning, ten miles northwest of Beresford.

Around 5:00 a.m. on December 9th, a stolen vehicle report led the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to a farm operation.

A short time later, it was discovered that a 2014 Ram 1500 Sport pickup was driving eastbound on 291st Street, left the road and went airborne over a driveway. The vehicle landed in the south side ditch and rolled.

Three of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. They’re identified as 20 year-old Gerard Muller of Parker, 19-year-old Kaydence Nygaard of Beresford, and 18-year-old Collin Hlavac of Irene.

A fourth occupant, 20-year-old Hayden Hall of Davis, fled and was later located and taken to a nearby hospital for serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

Hall had his first court hearing Tuesday. He’s charged with underage consumption of alcohol, and stealing a vehicle. He was already facing other felony charges from a prior case, and had just gotten out of jail hours before the deadly crash.

Lincoln County sheriff’s investigators say after Saturday’s crash, Hall stole another vehicle, drove to Beresford, and went to sleep before he was located.