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Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

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


 Names Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle Fatal Crash

Where:  Old Hill City Road

              Three miles west of Keystone, SD

When:   3:07 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, 2021


Driver: Michael Kruger, 64, Pipestone, MN, Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Kenda Woertendyke, 58, Sioux Falls, SD, Life-Threatening Injuries

Vehicle: 2013 Thoroughbred Stallion Trike Motorcycle


KEYSTONE, S.D. – A Pipestone, MN man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle crash west of Keystone.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2013 Thoroughbred Stallion trike motorcycle was westbound on Old Hill City Road when the driver failed to negotiate a sharp corner. The trike motorcycle went off the roadway, causing the two occupants to be thrown from the motorcycle.


Michael Kruger, the 64-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Kendra Woertendyke of Sioux Falls, SD., was the 58-year-old passenger. She sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a Rapid City hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a helmet.


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.