HUMANITARIAN KILLED IN CRASH AFTER LATEST TRIP TO PINE RIDGE

Posted 1 year ago

By John Axtell

Thomas StreicherAn advocate for the poor in California who made trips to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people there has died in a vehicle crash in Wyoming.

The Rapid City Journal reports that 58-year-old Thomas Streicher lost control of his van on an icy Interstate 80 Friday while returning from Pine Ridge to his home in Nevada City, Calif.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Streicher was thrown from the van when it rolled and died on the way to a hospital.

In Nevada City, Calif, Streicher handed out food vouchers to the homeless and served hot meals through his nonprofit, Divine Spark.

He  began making several trips a year to Pine Ridge in 2002 after meeting someone from the reservation and learning about its struggles with poverty.