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Friends of crash victims talk motorcycle safety

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Recently, there have been two accidents involving motorcyclists in Sioux Falls and two people have died.

Police say both crashes involved distracted or impaired drivers. The most recent crash yesterday, police say killed 36 year old Tracy Handel. Bikers say it could have been avoided.

"She was avid about not drinking. A lot of us are," Andrea Osthus said.

But police say the driver of that Jeep Wrangler that hit the bike  Handel was on had been drinking. That angers a lot of close friends.

"We were out riding with friends of ours, clean, no one had been drinking. She gets hit by someone who was being stupid, absolutely stupid and not using their head," Osthus said.

When it comes to riding, others know safety comes first.

"We really need to watch out for motorcycles. There's people texting, drinking alcohol and doing drugs and, in this community, there's motorcycles on every street," Terry Barton said.

"A lot of us motorcycle people are shook, we stick together, bikers stick together. It shakes all of us when one of us are hurt," Barton said.

"She didn't deserve to go the way she did," Osthus said.

Dozens attended a vigil, late Saturday night to remember Handel and say a prayer for Sean Burns, the other passenger, who remains in serious condition.

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