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Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 27, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196


Names Released in Pennington County Fatal Crash


What:      Vehicle-Motorcycle Crash

Where:    U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 87

                 Five miles northeast of Hill City, S.D.

When:     4:45 p.m., Sunday, July 23, 2017


Driver No. 1:  Evelyn Thompson, 82, Rapid City, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 1994 Ford Mustang


Driver No. 2: Julia Myers, 54, Belle Fourche, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2007 Harley Davidson XL1200L


HILL CITY, S.D. – A Belle Fourche woman has been identified as the person who died Sunday in a vehicle-motorcycle crash northeast of Hill City.


A 1984 Ford Mustang was westbound on Calumet Road when it stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Calumet Road and U.S. Highway 385. The vehicle proceeded into the intersection where it collided with a 2007 Harley Davidson XL1200L. The motorcycle was part of a three-motorcycle group traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 385.


Julia Myers, 54, was driving the motorcycle which collided with the vehicle. Myers, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from her motorcycle. She was later pronounced dead at a Rapid City hospital.


Evelyn Thompson, 82, of Rapid City was driving the Ford Mustang. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Charges are pending.


The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Fire Department, Hill City Fire Department and Hill City EMS.


The Highway Patrol is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.




Note: Records of state-reportable crashes are now available at http://www.safesd.gov/. Records should be available about 10 days after the investigation is complete.