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Beresford, SD: Hayden Hall, 20, to stand trial, 2 killed in car crash

Sioux Falls, SD – The sole survivor of a horrific crash that resulted in the tragic deaths of three people in rural Lincoln County is now facing felony charges stemming from a November incident At the center of the proceedings is 20-year-old Hayden Hall, who had his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Hall, who miraculously survived the fiery rollover accident about 10 miles northwest of Beresford over the weekend, is now facing underage drinking charges and car theft. Incredibly, during the hearing, it was revealed that Hall had been struggling with felony charges from a previous case and had been released from jail just hours before the fatal crash.

Now being held in the Minnehaha County Jail, Hall appeared in Lincoln County Court via video conference. Wearing a black-and-white striped prison uniform, Hall suffered physical injuries, including having his right arm in a sling and limping. Tragically, he was the only survivor of the accident that claimed the lives of two friends, aged 18 and 20.

Law enforcement reports indicate that Hall’s 19-year-old girlfriend was still alive when he left the scene of the accident and walked about a mile to a nearby dairy facility. Instead of seeking help, authorities allege Hall stole a car, drove to Beresford and went to sleep. Lincoln County Sheriff Steven Swenson revealed that officers, after reviewing surveillance footage from the dairy, were able to identify the car thief.

“We found out who the driver was, who stole the car from the dairy farm. We returned to his residence in Beresford, where he was with the stolen vehicle,” Sheriff Steve Swenson said Monday.

During Tuesday’s trial, the judge emphasized the blood test results, which confirmed the presence of alcohol in Hall’s system on the morning of the crash. In addition to the vehicle theft charge, Hall also faces charges of obstructing law enforcement, underage driving, under 21 years of age and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman emphasized the seriousness of the charges, saying, “What is notable from today’s indictment is that this particular defendant has been charged with grand theft for stealing a motor vehicle adjacent to a neighboring farm operation or farm operation.”

What’s worrying is that it was revealed that Hall had been facing felony charges before the accident. “The defendant was indicted last week on December 6 for three counts of felony child abuse and one count of felony evasion,” Wollman revealed. In that case, Hall allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase with three underage girls in the car.

Notably, Hall posted a thousand-dollar cash bond Friday afternoon for alleged abuse and evasion. Less than 12 hours later, he was involved in a fatal crash and was charged with car theft. Concerned about public safety, Wollman urged the judge to set a higher bail level. As a result, Judge Rachel Rasmussen only increased Hall’s bond to $20,000 cash and ordered him to participate in a 24/7 sobriety program.

Hall’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 27, where proceedings surrounding this tragic and alarming case will continue.

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