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Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021

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

 

Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash

 

What:    Motorcycle Fatal Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 16A, mile marker 56

              One mile west of Keystone, S.D.

When:   11:58 a.m., Saturday, July 31, 2021

 

Driver No. 1: Keith Schroeder, 63, Hot Springs, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2019 Indian Roadmaster

 

Driver No. 2: Ray Hatcher, 60, Independence, MO, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2020 Harley Davidson

 

Driver No. 3: James Keenan, 69, Barbeton, OH, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2011 Harley Davidson Road King

 

 

KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Hot Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday morning in a fatal crash involving three motorcycles that occurred near Keystone.

 

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2019 Indian Roadmaster was westbound on U.S. Highway 16A when the driver failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound 2020 Harley Davidson. The Indian Roadmaster then went into the ditch and struck a 2011 Harley Davidson Road King, which was unoccupied and parked on the shoulder of the road.

 

Keith Schroeder, the 63-year-old driver of the Indian Roadmaster, was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ray Hatcher of Independence, MO, who was the 60-year-old driver of the 2020 Harley Davidson, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital. Neither driver was wearing a helmet. The third driver, 69-year-old James Keenan of Barbeton, OH, was not injured.

 

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.

 

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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.