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Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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


Name Released In Meade County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle-Deer Crash

Where:  S.D. Highway 79, mile marker 116

               Eight miles northeast of Sturgis, S.D.

When:   3:01 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018


Driver: Thomas Van Pelt, 39, Piedmont, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2004 Harley Davidson FLHTCI


STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old Piedmont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.


Thomas Van Pelt was driving a  Harley Davidson FLHTCI motorcycle southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the motorcycle. The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle when it overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



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.