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OSHA investigating after Dell Rapids worker killed by suspected vehicle accident

A federal worker safety agency is investigating after a Dell Rapids woman was killed by a suspected vehicle accident at her Sioux Falls workplace on Friday.

The preliminary investigation shows that Marsha Ann Jaros, 49, was hit by a front-end loader, according to a spokeswoman with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The accident occurred in the yard of D&K Lawn Care, where she worked.

The incident was reported at 9:30 a.m on the 4000 block of North National Avenue, the Sioux Falls Police Department said in a news release.

The police department used drones to map the area and do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were a factor. OSHA has six months to complete its investigation and issue penalties and fines if it discovers any violations of federal workplace regulations.

Jaros was an avid volunteer and bookkeeper who grew up in South Dakota and Iowa, according to her obituary.

"Living, loving and laughing are what Marsha enjoyed! However, most of all, she loved following all the adventures and activities of her son and best friend, Jared," the obituary says.

The obituary also says Jaros loved to watch her son play sports from middle school through college.

Arielle Zionts, rural health care correspondent, is based in South Dakota. She primarily covers South Dakota and its neighboring states and tribal nations. Arielle previously worked at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, where she reported on business and economic development.