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Motorcyclist dies in crash with congressman's car

Trooper: Janklow, at wheel, suffered minor injuries

Rep. Bill Janklow served four terms as South Dakota's governor.
Rep. Bill Janklow served four terms as South Dakota's governor.

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(CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow was driving a car that struck and killed a man on a motorcycle Saturday, a South Dakota Highway Patrol official said Sunday.

Randolph E. Scott, 53, of Hardwick, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Janklow, a Republican, was elected to the state's only House seat last year after serving four terms as governor. Attempts to contact his offices in Washington and South Dakota were unsuccessful Sunday.

The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at an intersection of two rural county roads about 10 miles south of Janklow's hometown of Flandreau, Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Joffer said.

Janklow was slightly injured in the crash but did not require medical treatment, Joffer said. He and a staff member accompanying him were questioned at the site.

Highway Patrol Col. Dan Mosteller said the 63-year-old congressman was tested for drugs and alcohol, but "there is no indication either were a factor."

Blood tests are routine in such cases, and results are typically returned within a week, Moody County State's Attorney Bill Ellingson said.

Scott was not wearing a helmet. South Dakota state law requires motorcycle helmets only for riders under 18, Joffer said.


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