Driver didn’t see motorcycle in crash on Minnesota Avenue

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — We’re learning more about a motorcycle crash in central Sioux Falls that left one person hurt.

Police say a motorcycle was heading south on Minnesota Avenue a little after noon Sunday. A pickup was in a parking lot and was turning left to head north on Minnesota Avenue.

The pickup driver didn’t see the motorcycle and ended up hitting it. The 35-year-old motorcycle rider was hurt but is expected to survive. The 37-year-old driver of the pickup was cited for failure to yield.

And now that the weather is getting warmer, there will be a lot more motorcycles on the road. Which means it’s important to be careful on the road whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, motorcycles make up around 7.6% of the motor vehicles registered in the state but they represent an average of 17.5% of total deaths on the road.

Of course, motorcycles have a large presence in South Dakota later in the summer when the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happens. Most motorcycle deaths happen in a four-county area in western South Dakota, and 70% of total motorcycle fatalities occurred during the months of July, August and September.

So what can you do to make sure you’re helping to keep motorcycle riders safe this summer? That’s something we’re looking into. We’ll tell you what we find out Monday on KELOLAND News.

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