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Name Released In Perkins County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

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


Name Released In Perkins County Fatal Crash


What:    Motorcycle Fatal Crash

Where:  Intersection of Bixby Road and Ridgeview Road

              13 miles southeast of Bison, S.D.

When:   1:37 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021


Driver: Vernell Hoechst, 66, Bismarck, N.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Motorcycle


BISON, S.D. – A Bismarck, N.D. man has been identified as the person who died last Wednesday afternoon in a motorcycle crash southeast of Bison.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTK motorcycle was southbound on Bixby Road near the intersection with Ridgeview Road when the motorcycle went into the ditch.


Vernell Hoechst, the 66-year-old operator,  was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was first transported by ambulance to the Hettinger, N.D. hospital and then airlifted to a Bismarck, N.D. hospital where he died.


 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.