ALCESTER, S.D. — The Latest on the fatal crash when a car struck a group of people outside a care center in South Dakota (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Authorities say a third person has died from injuries suffered when an 81-year-old woman drove a car into a group of people outside a care center in southeast South Dakota and crashed into the building.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says 95-year-old Pearl “Tex” Sowell, died Thursday. He was a resident of the Alcester Care and Rehab Center and was one of seven people hit outside the building Monday. Authorities say the driver unintentionally hit the gas pedal and not the brakes when she pulled into the driveway at the center. The people hit were either residents or employees of the center.

Officials say 79-year-old Marcene Gabel, also a resident, was killed. Family members identify the third person who died as 31-year-old Jenna Benzel, an activities employee at the center. The driver and another person injured in the crash remain hospitalized. The others have been released from hospitals.


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8:13 a.m.

A woman killed in a crash outside a care center in Alcester is being remembered as someone who always took care of others before herself.

Cindy Gabel tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2u1jQ0I ) her 79-year-old mother, Marcene Gabel, was one of two women killed when an elderly driver struck a group of people outside the Alcester Care and Rehab Center and crashed into the building Monday. Thirty-one-year-old Jenna Benzel also died and six others were hurt.

Gabel worked in patient care and rehab at the center for about 25 years before becoming a resident in 2015. Cindy Gabel says her mother was a hard worker and a devoted mom of four.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened when an 81-year-old woman pulled into a driveway at the center and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes.


Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com