The cost to repair the Vietnam War Memorial damaged in an April 7 car accident is from $12,000 to $16,000, a city official said.
Initial estimates from Rausch Granite Monuments of Milbank, which is handling the repairs, have given the city two numbers: $12,226 and $16,228, said Mark Hoven, park superintendent.
There are two estimates because the Rausch Granite is trying to salvage a slab that was damaged in the accident, Hoven said.
Two out of the three black granite slabs were damaged in the accident. The first was completely knocked over and the second was scratched. If the second slab can be salvaged, it would lower the costs, Hoven said.
Thomas Harwood, 48, was the driver behind the wheel of the car that drove into the memorial, knocking down several benches and one of three granite slabs. He was charged with third-offense driving under the influence and reckless driving. The DUI charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
A memorial ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans is still scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at the memorial in Anderson Park, pending weather conditions. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Aberdeen Area Senior Center building.
- Reporter Calvin Men