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Meade County Motorcycle Fatal Update

Meade County Motorcycle Fatal Update
Motorcyclist killed after striking a deer identified
Gary Matthews - May 16, 2018

STURGIS, S.D. – A 39-year-old Piedmont, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a deer northeast of Sturgis.

Thomas Van Pelt was driving a Harley Davidson FLHTCI motorcycle southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when a deer entered the roadway and collided with the motorcycle.

The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle when it overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

South Dakota's Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.



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