Man dies in motorcycle wreck east of White

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WHITE — One man is dead following a Sunday night accident 8 miles east of White involving two motorcycles.

The accident, which occurred at 9:05 p.m. on 486th Avenue and 204th Street, involved two male drivers, 29 and 32 respectively. The names of the men involved have not been released pending notification of family members, according to information in a news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, being driven by the 32-year-old man, and a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, with the 29-year-old man at the controls, were traveling south on 486th Avenue. The lead motorcycle lost control going around a curve. The second motorcycle rear-ended the lead motorcycle. Both motorcycles came to rest in the west ditch, according to the release. 

The 29-year-old motorcycle driver was taken to Hendricks Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the lead motorcycle was also taken to Hendricks with minor injuries.

Neither driver was wearing a helmet, and alcohol use is under investigation, according to the release. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, and all information released so far is only preliminary in nature.

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