A deer crashing into motorcycle passenger, a near collision that led to an accident and a mechanical malfunction that led to two people being sent to the hospital on Saturday were among the accidents reported Sunday by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.
- A motorcyclist, whose name was not released, crashed about 1 p.m. Saturday after a mechanical malfunction caused the rear wheel to lock up, tipping the bike over and launching the man into the road ditch about 1-1/2 miles south of Pine View Road on Vanocker Canyon Road. The driver suffered a torn ligament to his left collarbone. He was transported by another motorcyclist to the emergency room at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
- A deer attempted to hurdle Scott and Shannon Lensegrav’s motorcycle as they traveled west about 3 p.m. on South Dakota Highway 244. The deer struck the windshield and passenger Shannon Lensegrav, knocking her from the bike. The motorcycle, which was driven by Scott Lensegrav, went down on its left side, sliding into the ditch near Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Mount Rushmore rangers saw the accident and helped the Sturgis couple. Shannon Lensegrav sustained serious injuries and was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Scott Lensegrav refused medical assistance.
- Robin Scones, 50, lost control of her 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle near the intersection of U.S. Highway 16A and S.D. Highway 244. The Rushville, Neb., woman avoided another motorcycle, which had swerved to avoid a hat in the road. Scones attempted to brake, causing her wheels to lock and the motorcycle to tip over onto its left side. Scones and her juvenile female passenger both received minor injuries and were treated and released by the Keystone Ambulance.