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USD professor fatally injured car vs. bicycle crash


A University of South Dakota professor died from injuries he sustained in a car vs. bicycle crash.

Vermillion police say Clayton Lehmann was riding his bike last week when it was hit by a vehicle. He died from his injuries two days later.

The crash remains under investigation. Police have not yet said whether the driver, who is a juvenile, will face charges.

Lehmann was a history professor at USD, where he taught for 35 years. The history department released a statement saying Lehmann impacted the educational journey of "countless students." The USD campus and surrounding community hosted a celebration of life on Nov. 21. Attendees wore bowties with pirate and "Doctor Who" themes in honor of the hobbies Lehmann enjoyed.

Zadya Abbott (she/her/hers) is a senior at the University of South Dakota studying Media and Journalism with a minor in Women and Gender Sexuality Studies. She is native to the southeastern corner of South Dakota. Zadya regards the journalism profession as one of noble service meant to objectively provide the public with information of interest.