Hot Springs woman identified in fatal motorcycle crash


HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – The woman who died late Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Hot Springs has been identified.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Deanna Elmquist of Hot Springs was riding a 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when the motorcycle struck a deer that had run onto the roadway. Elmquist was thrown from the motorcycle into the southbound driving lane, where she was struck by a southbound 2019 Honda Pilot which could not avoid hitting her.

Elmquist, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Honda, Darryl Anderson of Gillette, WY., was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. No charges are pending.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, and all information released so far is only preliminary.

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