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Custer County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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


Custer County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  Two-vehicle crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 59

              10 miles south of Custer, S.D.

When:   11:53 a.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Driver No 1: Male, 64, No Injuries

Vehicle: 1989 Freightliner FLD1204S


Driver No. 2: Male, 70, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU Motorcycle



CUSTER, S.D. – One person died Tuesday morning in a truck-motorcycle crash south of Custer.


Names of the two drivers are not yet being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.


A 2008 Harley Davidson FLHTCU motorcycle and a 2008 Freightliner truck hauling gravel were both northbound on U.S. Highway 385. As the truck tried to pass the motorcycle, the motorcycle began a left-hand turn into an approach. The two vehicles collided.


The 70-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet. The 64-year-old male truck driver was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.


A charge is pending against the truck driver.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.


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.