South Dakota State News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 8, 2022

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196

Name released in Pennington County fatal crash

What: Single motorcycle accident

Where: US Highway 385, Mile Post 96

24 km north of Hill City, SD

When: 10:33 p.m., Saturday September 3, 2022

Driver: Paul Smith, 72, Zumbrota, MN, Fatal Wounds

Vehicle: Harley Davidson touring motorcycle 2012

HILL CITY, SD – A man from Zumbrota, MN has been identified as the person who died late Saturday night in a motorcycle accident north of Hill City.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2012 Harley Davidson Touring motorcycle was traveling southbound on US Highway 385 when it crossed the centerline in the northbound lane and struck a guardrail.

Paul Smith, the 72-year-old driver, was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. All information released so far is only preliminary.

The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.


Note: Records of State Reportable Accidents are now available at Records should be available approximately 10 days after the survey is completed.

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