Woman dies in traffic accident

Woman dies in traffic accident by M. Jill Karolevitz Ice is to blame for an accident that claimed the life of a former Vermillion resident Feb. 16 at the junction of Interstate 29 and Highway 50.

Peggy Fox, 66, Sioux Falls and formerly of Vermillion, died as the result of injuries she received after the car driven by her daughter, Elizabeth Fox, 31, Sioux Falls, went out of control as she tried to turn into the Coffee Cup parking lot. The accident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Three vehicles were involved.

Both Fox, driving a Chevrolet Celebrity station wagon, and Cory Knedler, 29, rural Vermillion, the driver of a pickup, were eastbound on Highway 50, according to Kevin Joffer of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

�She (Fox) was in the driving lane and he (Knedler) was in the passing lane,� Joffer said. �She lost control of the car on a patch of ice as she slowed to turn and veered into the passing lane.�

Knedler, in an attempt to avoid a collision, tried to change lanes, however, his pickup �t-boned� the passenger side of Fox�s car near the west entrance of the Coffee Cup, according to Joffer.

�After the collision, the car continued diagonally across the parking lot toward the southeast,� Joffer said. �It went through several cement pillars before running into the front end of a semi-truck that was just pulling away from the pumps.�

The driver of the semi was Daryl Gunnink, 39, of Wilmont, MN.

Both Elizabeth and Peggy Fox were trapped in their car until rescue workers could free them.

Ambulances were dispatched from Vermillion and Elk Point, along with fire and rescue squads from both communities. Along with Joffer, officers from the Union County Sheriff�s Office were also on the scene following the accident.

Elizabeth Fox was treated for broken ribs.

Peggy Fox moved to Vermillion in 1983. She was employed by The University of South Dakota until her retirement in 1991. She also served as a trustee at the First Baptist Church of Vermillion. She was currently residing with her daughters in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church.

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