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Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

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


 Names Released In Fall River County Fatal Crash


What:    Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash

Where:  South Dakota Highway 79, mile marker 28

              12 miles northeast of Hot Springs, S.D.

When:   10:38 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021


Driver No. 1: Deanna Elmquist, 50, Hot Springs, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Motorcycle


Driver No. 2: Darryl Anderson, 70, Gillette, WY, No Injuries

Vehicle: 2019 Honda Pilot


HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – A 50-year-old Hot Springs, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died late Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Hot Springs.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle was southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when the motorcycle struck a deer that had run onto the roadway. The motorcycle operator was thrown from the motorcycle into the southbound driving lane. She was then struck by a southbound 2019 Honda Pilot which could not avoid hitting her.


Deanna Elmquist, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Darryl Anderson of Gillette, WY., 70, was the driver of the Honda. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.


No charges are pending.


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.