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Lawrence County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021

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


Lawrence County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  Vanocker Canyon Road, mile marker 4

              11 miles south of Sturgis, S.D.

When:   12:38 p.m., Friday, Aug 6, 2021


Driver No. 1: Male, 52, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup


Driver No. 2: Male, 70, Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Female, 71, Serious Non-Life Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2018 Harley-Davison FLHX Motorcycle


STURGIS, S.D. – One person died and another person was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash south of Sturgis


Names of the three people involved are not being released pending notification of family members.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was southbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when it moved to the northbound lane to pass a group of motorcycles. The pickup collided with a northbound 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle.


Both occupants of the motorcycle were thrown off the motorcycle The 70-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old female passenger received serious non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. The passenger was wearing a helmet; the driver was not.


The 52-year-old male driver of the pickup 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.