On 04/04/2015 at approximately 11:11pm Watertown Police and Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the 300 Block of 9th Avenue SE in response to a vehicle crash involving a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Kaitlynn Laurie of Watertown, SD – DOB: 04/09/1993, and an 23 year old pedestrian, Tiffany Bernard of Sisseton, SD – DOB: 02/06/1992.
The Mercury was eastbound in the 300 Block of 9th Ave SE. The 23 year old pedestrian, Tiffany Bernard, was in the 300 Block of 9th Avenue SE crossing 9th Avenue SE. The Mercury struck the pedestrian in the south lane of 9th Avenue SE. Tiffany was transported to Prairie Lakes Hospital by Watertown Fire Rescue and later transferred to a hospital in Sioux Falls, SD with serious non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Mercury, Kaitlynn Laurie, was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain financial responsibility. The vehicle crash is currently under investigation by the Watertown Police Department.