Authorities Identify USD Student Killed In Two-Car Crash

VERMILLION ˜ Authorities have released the names of the two University of South Dakota students involved in a fatal two-car collision Thursday evening.

Elizabeth Weathers Lias, 21, of Sioux Falls was killed when her vehicle was struck by another car driven by Alyxandra Harter, 20, of Omaha, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, the patrol said.

Harter was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital with what were described as serious but non-life threatening injuries, the patrol said in a news release.

The accident involved two vehicles heading in opposite directions on SD Highway 50, one mile east of Vermillion, according to the Clay County sheriff‚s office.

The sheriff‚s office said the accident occurred on a section of divided four-lane highway.

The investigation report said Harter was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus, according to the patrol. She was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50. Lias was driving a 1995 Ford Taurus traveling east.

Crash scene evidence indicates Harter's vehicle, traveling the wrong way on the divided highway, hit the left side of the Lias vehicle.

The investigation report said Lias was dead at the scene. Harter was taken by ground ambulance to Sanford Vermillion Hospital and then transported by air ambulance to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

Other agencies assisting included the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Vermillion Police Department, the University of South Dakota Department of Public Safety as well as the Vermillion Fire and Rescue.

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