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Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 20, 2021

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


Names Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 48

              Four miles west of Sturgis, S.D.

When:   1:42 p.m., Sunday, May 16, 2021


Driver No. 1: James Hoag, 60, Black Hawk, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Cynthia Hoag, 57, Black Hawk, S.D., Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Motorcycle


Driver No. 2: Joseph Cava, 40, Rapid City, S.D., No Injuries

Vehicle: 2017 Ford Transit Van


STURGIS, S.D. – A Black Hawk, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred west of Sturgis.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Ford Transit Van, traveling northbound, attempted to cross U.S. Highway 14A from Bauer Road to Wildberger Road. It collided with a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle which was westbound on Highway 14A.


Both people on the motorcycle were thrown from the motorcycle. James Hoag, the 60-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cynthia Hoag of Black Hawk, the 57-year-old passenger, received life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital. Both were wearing helmets.


Joseph Cava of Rapid City, the 40-year-old van driver, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


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.