'Too early' to say what caused Monday's fatal motorcycle crash in Sioux Falls, police say

Sioux Falls Police Department officials say it's too early to tell whether speed, drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly crash that left a motorcyclist dead Monday afternoon.

Responders were called out at about 4:30 p.m. to the area of E. 8th Street and N. St. Paul Avenue for a crash between a blue SUV and a motorcycle, department spokesperson Sam Clemens said during a police briefing with media Tuesday morning.

When crews arrived, they discovered a 26-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. He was riding the motorcycle and had been wearing a helmet at the time, Clemens said.

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"At that intersection, there are stop signs at St. Paul," Clemens said. "We're basically still trying to figure out what took place."

The motorcyclist, a Sioux Falls resident, died on scene.

The investigation revealed the motorcycle had been traveling westbound on E 8th St., and the SUV was traveling southbound on N. St Paul Ave. when it impacted the motorcycle, according to a press release from the department Monday night. Traffic was rerouted at the time.

The driver of the SUV was a 25-year-old woman from Sioux Falls, Clemens said.

"It'll take some time to investigate this and dig into it," he said.

No names have been released at this point.

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: 26-year-old Sioux Falls man dies in Monday motorcycle crash