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Police: Speed may have been factor in fatal Sioux Falls crash

A car vs. motorcycle crash leaves two people dead in Sioux Falls.
A car vs. motorcycle crash leaves two people dead in Sioux Falls.(MGN)
Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 4:13 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - UPDATE, 8/10

Authorities say speed may have been a factor in a weekend crash in Sioux Falls that left two people dead.

The accident happened Sunday night at the intersection of West 60th Street North and Granite Lane, just east of the I-29 interchange.

Police Spokesperson Sam Clemens said on Monday that a minivan was attempting to turn left onto 60th Street when it was struck in the side by a westbound motorcycle. The force of the impact caused the minivan to tip over on its side.

Both the drivers of the motorcycle and the minivan died at the scene. No one else was involved int he crash.

Clemens identified the driver of the minivan as 75-year-old Eldon Guericke of Sioux Falls and the driver of the motorcycle as 31-year-old Franklin Griffith.

While investigators are still working to determine exactly what led up to the crash, Clemens said the speed of the motorcycle likely contributed. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 55 miles per hour.

Two people are dead after a crash in north Sioux Falls Sunday night.

Sgt. Travis Olsen with the Sioux Falls Police Department said the crash between a motorcycle and car happened at the intersection of West 60th Street North and Granite Lane, which is just east of I-29.

When emergency responders got to the scene, they found two people dead.

No details about what exactly happened have been released, but we do expect to learn more at Monday morning’s police briefing at 10:30 AM.

The Sioux Falls Police Department Traffic Services is conducting the investigation.

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