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Charges pending in death of Watertown man who died in crash near Sturgis
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Charges pending in death of Watertown man who died in crash near Sturgis

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A Watertown man has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a motorcycle-vehicle crash south of Sturgis.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was southbound on Vanocker Canyon Road when it moved to the northbound lane to pass a group of motorcycles. The pickup collided with a northbound 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle at 12:38 p.m., according to a press release from the Department of Public Safety.

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Both occupants of the motorcycle were thrown off the motorcycle. Theodore Moe, the 70-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Kay Moe of Watertown, the 71-year-old passenger, received serious non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital. The passenger was wearing a helmet; the driver was not.

John Kulp, 52, of Nemo is the pickup driver. He was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Charges are pending.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All information released so far is only preliminary.

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