S.D. Motorists Recall Actions to Save Crash Victims

All they saw was a cloud of dust and flying car parts.


"We're doing well," said DelRay Geidel. "We have family here and we're doing well."

Geidel said his father, a retired farmer, was an avid fisherman and card player who enjoyed stopping in town for a cup of coffee with friends. He also served on the local church and township boards.

"He was just a good man," he said.

Geidel disputes the claim made by investigators that his father was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

He said the coroner told the family that some of the bruises on his father's body were consistent with marks typically left by seat belts in a crash.

"I think the pickup was just so broken up they couldn't tell it was on."