2 Parker residents killed in South Dakota motorcycle crash
Media in South Dakota are reporting that two Parker residents were killed in a motorcycle accident the afternoon of Aug. 2. James Bradley, 54, and Deanna Bradley, 45, were killed when their Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with semi-truck at an intersection in Box Elder, S.D.
The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. The website www.newscenter1.com reported the Bradleys and another couple from San Diego on a motorcycle were headed westbound on Highway 1416 when they ran the stop sign at the intersection with South Ellwsorth Road. They collided with a semi-truck hauling triple trailers that was turning onto Highway 1416.
Both of the Bradley’s were wearing helmets at the time of the collision.
The Bradleys were declared dead at the scene. The couple from San Diego, Greg Bunch, 54, and Christina Logan Bettencourt, 30, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was unhurt. A television station, KOTA-TV, said the truck driver’s name had not been released as he invoked “Marsy’s Law,” which is designed to protect crime victim. The station reported the driver said he had been assaulted after the crash.
Authorities said the accident may have been related to the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which was scheduled to begin the next day.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.