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Dead raccoon causes motorcycle accident

A dead raccoon in the middle of Spruce Street caused a pair of motorcycles to run into each other early Saturday morning in Mitchell, with one driver being transported to the hospital.

The accident occurred in the 100 block of Spruce Street as a pair of motorcycles were traveling east. The lead driver, Timothy Boggs, 17, of Mitchell, operating a 2005 Kawasaki EX250, swerved when he saw a dead animal. Mitchell Department of Public Safety Patrol Officer Jackson Brown reported Boggs said he tapped his brakes and slowed down to alert Jonathan Wise, 19, of Mitchell, driving a 2007 Suzuki GS500 behind him.

Despite driving two abreast in their lane of the road, Wise was unable to react in time, according to the incident report. He sideswiped Boggs in front of him and jumped the curb before landing in the ditch.

Wise was reported to have a lacerated finger on his left hand and suffered a puncture wound to his leg. Mitchell Ambulance transported him to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Boggs reported sore knees following the crash and left on his own.

Wise's Suzuki sustained damage estimated at $5,000, while Boggs reported $2,000 in damage to his Kawasaki.

The motorcycles were traveling as part of a group of four but were far enough back to not be impacted by the accident.

Both drivers were wearing helmets. No citations are expected in the matter.