BROOKINGS – One motorcyclist was airlifted to Sioux Falls and another was taken by ambulance to the Brookings Hospital following a crash west of Elkton Saturday afternoon, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident was reported at 12:43 p.m. Saturday on Highway 324 near 479th Avenue, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said.
Sebring said 63-year-old Patrick Allen Patenode of Clark was traveling east on South Dakota Highway 324 near 479th Avenue when he lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, while transitioning from completed asphalt to asphalt with fresh oil. “The motorcycle was laid on its side, and the driver fell from the motorcycle in the eastbound lane of traffic.”
Sebring said 51-year-old Thomas Michael Owen of Spearfish was also traveling eastbound in his 2008 Harley Davidson and swerved to miss Patenode, who was lying in the eastbound lane of travel after tipping over his motorcycle. When Owen swerved to miss Patenode, he tipped his motorcycle over.
“Patrick Allen Patenode was transported to the Brookings Hospital Emergency Room by the Brookings Ambulance with unknown injuries and later airlifted to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls with unknown injuries,” Sebring said.
“Thomas Michael Owen was transported to the Brookings Hospital Emergency Room by the Elkton Ambulance with unknown injuries.”
Both riders were participating in the DAV/727th Charity Poker Run, Sebring said. Neither rider was wearing a helmet, he added.
Patenode’s Harley was a total loss, and damage to Owen’s Harley is estimated at $3,000.
The Aurora Fire Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.
The accident remains under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.