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Motorcycle Fatal Crashes-Update

Motorcycle Fatal Crashes-Update

Man seriously hurt in motorcycle crash dies from his injuries


Gary Matthews & News Staff - July 5, 2020

SPEARFISH, S.D. – A Spearfish man has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on June 7, 2020 northeast of Spearfish.

Braden Erickson, 38, was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson FLHX eastbound on St. Onge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went into the ditch, The driver, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle.

Mr. Erickson sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital. He died on Wednesday, July 1.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

Meanwhile, an Oklahoma man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash west of Lead on Friday, June 26, 2020.

A 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTCI was eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 when the driver failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The motorcycle went into the right ditch and eventually tipped over. Both occupants were thrown from the motorcycle.

Thomas Deel, the 42-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Trella Deel, the 42-year-old female passenger, sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Deadwood hospital. Both are from Del City, OK.

Helmet use for both occupants is under investigation.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.



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