ROSHOLT, S.D. — Two South Dakota teens who died after their vehicle struck a tree on a gravel road near the North Dakota-South Dakota border just before Christmas were identified Thursday, Dec. 26.

The victims were 17-year-old Samantha Shortman of Rosholt, a small town in the far northeast corner of South Dakota, and 18-year-old Bishop Swallow of Nemo, a small town in the Black Hills.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, their 2004 Chevrolet Impala was westbound on on a gravel road about 10 miles northwest of Veblen in far northeast South Dakota on Monday morning when Swallow, the driver of the vehicle, lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch and then hit a tree.

Shortman died at the scene, said the Patrol. Swallow died while being flown to a Sioux Falls hospital.

Both were wearing seat belts in the crash. The Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident.