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Name Released In Harding County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

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


Name Released In Harding County Fatal Crash


WHAT:  One Vehicle Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 85, mile marker 143

              17 miles north of Buffalo, S.D.

When:   12:41 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020


Driver: Eric Atkins, 44, Pinehurst, Idaho, Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: Indian motorcycle



BUFFALO, S.D. – A man from Pinehurst, Idaho has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a motorcycle crash north of Buffalo.


An Indian motorcycle was northbound on U.S. Highway 85 when the driver, 44-year-old Eric Atkins, lost control. He was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle. He later died as a result of his injuries.


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.