Rapid City man identified as victim in motorcycle crash outside Spearfish

The 43-year-old driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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SPEARFISH, S.D. — A Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died Saturday, Sept. 19 in a motorcycle crash south of Spearfish.

Authorities responded to reports of a one-vehicle crash at approximately 2:04 p.m. about five miles south of Spearfish, located on U.S. Highway 14A at mile marker 16.

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.


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