People are mourning the loss of a 33-year-old Sioux Falls man who died Thursday after being hurt in a 5-vehicle pile up Wednesday night. A vigil was held Thursday night at the intersection of the crash, on the corner of 26th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls.
At least 100 people showed up to remember motorcyclist Phil Sorensen. Sorensen died around 1 p.m. Thursday
KSFY is learning more about Sorensen. He was a 1998 graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls.
His friend emailed us and says, "He (Phil) was always smiling. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. Never complained. Always had a good attitude about things. Loved his bike. Loved his friends and family. And loved his cigars. He was so laid back. Phil was the kind of guy that could use his good mood to cheer you up even when you didn't want to. He was up for about anything. He will always hold a spot in our hearts and we hope he saves a few brews and cigars for the rest of us. The world has lost a wonderful man and a great friend."
There were many tears and hugs Thursday night as family and friends of Phil Sorensen remembered the 33-year-old. Cards and balloons now sit at that intersection. The group showed up as police and city workers started shutting down 26th Street and Minnesota Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Police closed down the area so they can collect more information in this case as it's still an investigation.
"What we need now is we need to put it on a scale drawing, not only a drawing of the intersection but lane lines and the vehicles where they came to rest," Lt. Jerome Miller said.
Police say a man driving a Chrysler hit a light pole, three cars, and motorcyclist Phil Sorensen-- who was taken to the hospital but died. Police say the driver who caused the crash is 21-year-old Brent O'Neal. O'Neal was allegedly driving 60 mph while texting at the time of the crash. Sioux Falls police say when the crash was over O'Neal ran from the scene but was caught shortly later.
When it comes to the crash, police tell us there are a lot of unanswered questions and they need more answers. They especially need to figure out what exactly happened to the 33-year-old many loved so dearly.
"The suspect vehicle, the one who started the crash, he (Phil) was struck by that but the precise spot where, we'll be looking at that, we'll be matching up," Lt. Miler said.
It's common to close down a street when a crash happens and someone dies, Lt. Miller says they do what's needed.
"This is just another piece of the puzzle is what it amounts to. We gather all the pieces and some are very helpful and others won't be but in a situation like this when we have a death, in most vehicle crashes we're going to pull out all the stops," Lt. Miller said.
Once police collect all of the information, they'll sent it to the state's attorney's office and they'll take it from there.
The intersection was reopened at 10:15 p.m. Thursday.
Click on the upper link for Phil Sorensen's memorial Facebook page.
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