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Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196




Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash


What:    One-Vehicle Crash

Where:  U.S. Highway 14A, mile marker 16

              Five miles south of Spearfish, S.D.

When:   2:04 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022


Driver: Austin Prudich, 43, Rapid City, S.D., Fatal Injuries

Vehicle: 2001 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI Motorcycle


SPEARFISH, S.D. –  A Rapid City, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash south of Spearfish.


Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2001 Harley-Davidson FLHRCI motorcycle was westbound on U.S. Highway 14A when it entered the curve and left the roadway to the left.


Austin Prudich, the 43-year-old driver, was thrown from the motorcycle and later died at a Spearfish hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.


South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.


The Highway Patrol is an agency 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.