MN father dies in SD crash, daughters seriously injured


A 39-year-old man from Coon Rapids died in a head-on collision Friday night west of Sioux Falls, according to a news release from the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Lee Waltner's two daughters, ages 8 and 9, were in the car with him and suffered serious – but non-life threatening – injuries. They were transported to Sioux Falls hospitals.

At least two of the occupants were wearing seat belts, the news release says.

One of the girls has already been released from the hospital with bruising, according to their CaringBridge page. The other girl is hoping to be released Monday after suffering broken bones and bruising.

"There are no adequate words to describe this senseless tragedy" wrote Waltner's wife on CaringBridge. "Lee was a man of the highest character, a loving husband, devoted father, and dearly loved family member and friend to so many people. Lee's love for God and for others was not only evident, it is his legacy."

The other driver, an 18-year-old man from Sioux Falls, also suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. There is no information available as to how Kaubisch's Honda Accord crossed the center divide into the opposite lane.

The crash scene area was closed to traffic for several hours, said the statement.

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