Two killed in auto accident near Martin

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Two people died and two others received life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 18 about two miles west of Martin on Monday, Aug. 20.
Marvin Poorbear, 44, of Springfield, S.D., was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado east and traveled too far to the right of the roadway. He lost control of the vehicle, which rolled. Poorbear was wearing a seatbelt and remained in the vehicle. Three passengers were not wearing seatbelts. They were thrown from the vehicle.
Poorbear was dead at the scene, as was passenger Melisa Cummings, 23, of Martin. Passengers Wayne Firethunder, 35, of Allen, S.D., and Harold Gene Sittingbear, 38, of Kyle, S.D., received life-threatening injuries and were taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. No further information is immediately available.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating. Bennett County Sheriff’s Office and Martin Police Department assisted.