Name released in July 24 fatal crash


August 3, 2022

A 53-year-old Redfield man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Ipswich.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2013 Ford Fusion was northbound on SD Highway 45 when the vehicle rolled into the west ditch and eventually started on fire.

Michael Rothacker, Sr., who was the driver and only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Seatbelt use has not yet been determined.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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