Names released in June 26 Lawrence County fatal motorcycle crash
LEAD, S.D. — An Oklahoma man has been identified as the person who died in a motorcycle crash that occurred on Friday, June 26 three miles west of Lead.
A 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTCI was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 14 when the driver failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The motorcycle went into the right ditch and eventually tipped over. Both occupants, who are from Del City, OK, were thrown from the motorcycle.
Thomas Deel, the 42-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Treela Deel, the 42-year-old passenger sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Deadwood hospital via ambulance.
Helmet use for both occupants is under investigation.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol continue to investigate the crash. All information is only preliminary at this point.