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Name Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, July 3, 2019

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-280-5648


 Name Released In Yankton County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 50 and Adkins Drive

              Within city limits of Yankton, S.D.

When:   2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019


Driver No. 1: Abigail Newman, 16, Yankton, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Honda Civic


Driver No. 2:  James Schirmacher, 55, Yankton, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTI


YANKTON,  S.D. – A Yankton, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Yankton.


A 2013 Honda Civic was westbound on South Dakota Highway 50 and attempted to make a left-hand turn south onto Adkins Drive. The vehicle collided with a 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTI, which was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 50.


James Schirmacher, the 55-year-old male motorcycle driver, was not wearing a helmet suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported first to the Yankton hospital and later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital where he died Sunday.


Abigail Newman, 16, Yankton, was driving the Honda Civic. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Charges are pending.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate 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.