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SF Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash



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One person is dead and another injured following a motorcycle accident early Tuesday morning. The crash happened just before 3 a.m.

Mike Wehrkamp of Sioux Falls said, "It doesn't look good."

Wehrkamp describes the scene outside his home near 26th Street and Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls early Tuesday morning.

Wehrkamp said, "We sleep in the front bedroom of the house with the window open and just kind of heard a crash, no squealing tires or anything, just a crash."

Shortly after he saw the police cars and ambulance.

Sioux Falls Police say two men, in their early 20s, were riding on a motorcycle, heading west on 26th Street at a high rate of speed, when they went through the intersection at Kiwanis Avenue and hit a chain link fence.

Lt. Jerome Miller said, "They were unable to get stopped or negotiate the curve, lost control, went down (the hill) and the driver struck his head on the curb."

The driver, who police say is from out of state, was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, from Sioux Falls, was transported to a nearby hospital. Police say the two were coming from a party nearby and the bike didn't belong to either of them.

Miller said, "Neither one of them had helmets on or were wearing any other safety equipment."

If they were, police say, there's a better chance that the outcome would have been different.

"I've been to a number of them in my life, that I'm pretty convinced, based on the injuries that I've seen, they would have survived if they had been wearing safety equipment," said Miller.

Police have impounded the motorcycle. They will now do a routine inspection to see if they are any defect or mechanical issues with the bike, that may have been a factor in the crash. Although it appears that speed was a factor, police don't know if any drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

At this time, we don't know the extent of the passenger's injuries. Police say they will most likely release the names of the victims tomorrow morning, pending notification of their families.


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