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STURGIS | Authorities have identified the man who died Sunday near Sturgis in a motorcycle crash as Thomas Van Pelt, of Piedmont. 

A news release Wednesday from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the 39-year-old man was driving a 2004 Harley-Davidson FLHTCI southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 about 8 miles northeast of Sturgis. 

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Just after 3 p.m., a deer ran onto the road and collided with the motorcycle. The driver, who authorities say was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle when it overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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