North Dakota man identified in fatal motorcycle crash near Bison
BISON, S.D. — A Bismarck, North Dakota man has been identified as the person who died on Wednesday, September 8, in a motorcycle crash southeast of Bison.
Preliminary crash reports indicate that the driver, identified as Vernell Hoechst, 66, was southbound on Bixby Road near the intersection of Ridgeview Road when his 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTK motorcycle went into the ditch, throwing Hoechst off his motorcycle.
Hoechst was first transported by ambulance to the Hettinger Hospital then airlifted to a Bismarck hospital where he died. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.