State officials on Sunday said Romy Rabbit of Pierre was the woman killed last Tuesday in the rollover of an SUV  in Stanley County caused by the driver trying to avoid a deer on the gravel road.

Rabbit, 20, was the passenger in the 2002 Ford Expedition driven west on Sansarc Road about 7:40 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, by Ravae Bowman, 45, also of Pierre.  It happened about 12 miles north of Hayes, a small town that is 34 miles west of Fort Pierre.

Tony Mangan, spokesman for the South Dakota Highway Patrol, released the names of Rabbit and Bowman on Sunday. 

According to Rooks Funeral Home of Eagle Butte and Bowman's own social media posts, Bowman is Rabbit’s mother and they are part of the Cheyenne River Sioux community in Eagle Butte, where Bowman’s mother lives.

 Eagle Butte is 90 miles northwest of Pierre and about 45 miles northwest of the site of the rollover.

 On a social media page last week, Bowman said the SUV hit a deer on the road.

Both women were wearing seat belts and no charges are expected to be filed, according to Mangan.  

Trying to avoid a deer on the road, Bowman swerved and lost control of the SUV, which went into the ditch and rolled, coming to rest on its roof, according to a news release from Mangan.

Bowman had minor injuries from the crash and was transported to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre for treatment on Sept. 4 and released.

Rabbit's funeral service is at 11 a.m., MST, Tuesday, Sept. 11, in St. John's Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, according to Rooks Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, in the church. 
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