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UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies Thursday from injuries in five-vehicle accident

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UPDATE: Police say the 33-year-old motorcyclist involved in Wednesday's five-vehicle accident in Sioux Falls has died.

Police tell KSFY at 12:59 p.m. Thursday, Philip Lowel Sorensen, the driver of the motorcycle involved in the crash at 26th St. and Minnesota Ave., died from injuries received in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

EARLIER STORY: The motorcycle driver in Wednesday's five-vehicle accident in Sioux Falls is still in critical condition.

Philip Sorensen, 33, of Sioux Falls is still in critical condition. Officer Sam Clemens says a motorcycle helmet was found on scene, but investigators are unclear if he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The man who allegedly caused the accident is spending part of his 21st birthday in a Minnehaha County Courtroom Thursday.   

Brent O'Neal, 21, of Sioux Falls was arrested for Felony Hit and Run, four counts of Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, No Insurance and No Seatbelt. O'Neal appeared in court on Thursday. His bond was set at $10,000.

The accident happened at about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday. Sioux Falls police say O'Neal was driving a Chrysler 300 south on Minnesota Avenue at about 60 mph. The Chrysler was in the outside lane and had drifted into the inside lane, striking a Nissan maxima. Police say O'Neal's Chrysler then swerved to the left and struck a Ford in the northbound-inside lane.

However, the accident did not stop there.  Sioux Falls police say O'Neal's Chrysler, still in the northbound lane, continued south and struck a Ford mini-van. Immediately after striking the van, the Chrysler ran into a motorcycle and continued traveling southeast into the intersection.  

O'Neal's Chrysler continued to travel across the northbound lane and hit a light pole on the south east corner of the intersection. The vehicle continued to drive through some bushes and some landscaping before coming to a rest in the Walgreens parking lot.

Sioux Falls police say when the car stopped O'Neal got out of his car and ran away from the scene. However, witnesses followed the driver and police found O'Neal at the corner of 24th Street and 1St Avenue.

O'Neal was taken to Avera McKennan for treatment of the injuries he received. He was released from the hospital and taken to the Minnehaha County Jail.

Sioux Falls police say the investigation revealed O'Neal was texting with his cell phone when the crash occurred.

Police say the driver of the motorcycle was transported to Avera McKennan Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

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