Name released in bicyclist/truck crash on I-29

WATERTOWN, S.D.(Watertown Public Opinion)- A Canadian bicyclist who was struck last week along Interstate 29 in Deuel County has died, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Petit, 53, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was first taken to a hospital in Brookings, then transferred to a hospital in Sioux Falls. He died Monday, according to a news release from the state.

Preliminary information indicates that Petit was riding a Krypton Argon 18-speed bicycle southbound when he was struck by a southbound 2015 International straight truck driven by Mark Akkerman, 65, of Brandon, according to the release.

Charges are pending against Akkerman, according to the release.

Petit was cycling along the fog line, or the white line on the outside of the interstate lane, per the release.

The wreck was near mile marker 149 about 17 miles north of Brookings at 11:52 .m. Thursday.

Akkerman was wearing a set belt and was not injured. Petit was wearing a helmet, according to the release.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Petit was attempting to cycle 838 miles from Winnipeg to Hot Springs in the Black Hills to raise awareness about kidney disease and to raise money for his granddaughter, who needs a kidney transplant.