Excessive speed a factor in latest fatality

Excessive speed a factor in latest fatality by David Lias Excessive speed and unfamiliarity with local roads are likely contributing factors to the latest death on Clay County highways.

Charles Music, 50, of Brunsville, IA was killed in an accident at about 7:17 p.m. at the intersection of University Road and 313th Street four miles north of Vermillion.

His wife, Marilyn Music, 48, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Nelson, the investigating officer of the accident, said Music was traveling north on University Road.

He was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette. Both Music and his wife were wearing seat belts.

Nelson said after talking with Mrs. Music "that a very high rate of speed caused the accident, and being on a road he (Mr. Music) was not familiar with."

Nelson was still awaiting the results of blood tests early this week. He said, however, that there is no evidence that alcohol may have contributed to the accident.

Units from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Vermillion/Clay County Fire, Ambulance and Rescue responded to the scene.

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