Black Hawk man identified in fatal motorcycle crash west of Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. – A Black Hawk, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash that occurred west of Sturgis.

Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2017 Ford Transit Van, traveling northbound, attempted to cross U.S. Highway 14A from Bauer Road to Wildberger Road. It collided with a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle which was westbound on Highway 14A.

Both people on the motorcycle were thrown from the motorcycle. James Hoag, the 60-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cynthia Hoag of Black Hawk, the 57-year-old passenger, received life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital. Both were wearing helmets.

Joseph Cava of Rapid City, the 40-year-old van driver, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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