SPEARFISH | Authorities have identified a Whitewood man as the victim of a fatal rollover crash earlier this week near Spearfish.

Richard Griffith, 47, died on Thursday from injuries he sustained in the one-vehicle crash, according to a release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

According to the release, Griffith was driving a 1998 GMC Sierra north on Acorn Ridge Road about 2 miles east of Spearfish just after 10:45 a.m. Wednesday when his vehicle hit the side of a bridge, went into the north ditch and rolled. 

Griffith was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to a Spearfish hospital and then airlifted to Rapid City, where he died.

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South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Spearfish Police Department and Spearfish Ambulance were also on scene.

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