A crash that occurred just before 3 a.m. on Tuesday has killed one and left another injured.

The two men, both in their early twenties, were riding together at a high rate of speed west on 26th Ave in Sioux Falls when they blew through the Kiwanis intersection and hit a chain-link fence.

According to Lt. Jerome Miller, "They were unable to get stopped or negotiate the curve, lost control, went down (the hill) and the driver struck his head on the curb."

He added that "Neither one of them had helmets on or were wearing any other safety equipment…I've been to a number of them in my life, that I'm pretty convinced, based on the injuries that I've seen, they would have survived if they had been wearing safety equipment."

The driver was from out of state and pronounced dead on the scene. The rider was a Sioux Falls resident and transported to the hospital with injuries. Neither were the owner of the bike, and had just come from a party nearby.

Police are unaware whether or not drugs or alcohol had anything to do with the crash, and will conduct a routine inspection of the bike in order to rule out mechanical failure as the cause.

It's unfortunate that the victims of this accident chose not to wear even the most minimal amount of protection when they took to the streets. The San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers here at RiderzLaw recommend riders to always wear a helmet, if not for your own safety then at least to meet local law enforcement requirements. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the downed rider and we wish the injured passenger a speedy recovery.